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Not By Bread Alone !

Matthew 4:3-4

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (KJV)

John 21:14-17

21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

Please notice that this was the "third time" our Lord appeared to His disciples after He is Risen. In The Bible, the third occurence of a phrase or event is meant to convey strong emphasis.

21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (KJV)

Please notice again, this was the "third repetition" of our Lord's instructions to Peter. In The Bible, the third occurence of a phrase or event is meant to convey explicitly strong emphasis. HE did not say "Peter, tickel their ears with cutsie stories about your cousin George" nor "promise them SUV's (stewardship of God's Creation ?) and new Credit Cards" ( cf.Isaiah 24:1-3). i've heard this kind of dung live and on tv.; perhaps the "pastor" was concerned with the level of donations and/or the feelings of the congregation... concerned with warm fuzzies or the opinion(s) of the board of deacons or the high muckity-mucks at the "home office".. sounds "reasonable".

HOWEVER:

Matthew 7:21-27

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (KJV)


HE told Peter to "Feed MY sheep".

Jeremiah 23:1-2

1 Woe to shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture, says Jehovah°. 2 Because of this, so says Jehovah° the God of Israel against the shepherds who shepherd My people: You have scattered My flock, and have driven them away, and have not visited them. Behold, I will visit on you the evil of your doings, says Jehovah°.
(†LITV)

That is NOT a threat... it is His Promise !

PASTOR:

poimen (Strong's 4166), "a shepherd, one who tends herds or flocks" (not merely one who feeds them), is used metaphorically of Christian "pastors," . "Pastors" guide as well as feed the flock, cf. , which with , indicates that this was the service committed to elders (overseers or bishops); so also in <1 Peter 5:1,2>, "tend the flock... exercising the oversight," RV; this involves tender care and vigilant superintendence. See SHEPHERD.
from: Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words (Copyright ©1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

Through our fellowservant Paul, The Lord has told us:

II Thes. 2:1-5

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

A "falling away" an apostasy or flight from, the precious Word of God. We are commanded by "The Living Word":

2 Timothy 4:1-4

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (KJV)

"Preach"

Strong's Definition:

2784 kerusso (kay-roos'-so);

of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier),especially divine truth (the gospel):

KJV-- preacher (-er), proclaim, publish.


2833 knetho (knay'-tho);

from a primary knao (to scrape); to scratch, i.e. (by implication) to tickle:

KJV-- X itching.

Pastor: If i want to have me ears "tickled" i'd go to a massage parlor not a so-called "house of God".
Lamentations 2:19

19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street. (KJV)

The "top of the street" is where the local folks would gather to hear the Word of God"

Amos 8:11-13

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. (KJV)

Psalms 40:6-9

6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. 9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. (KJV)

Hebrews 10:4-10

4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (KJV)

Ezekiel 4:9-12

4:9 And you, take to yourself wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt, and place them in a single vessel; and prepare them for yourself into bread, to the number of days that you are lying on your side. You shall eat it three hundred and ninety days. 4:10 And your food which you shall eat shall be by weight: twenty shekels a day. From time to time you shall eat it. 4:11 And you shall drink water by measure: the sixth part of a hin. From time to time you shall drink. 4:12 And you shall eat cakes of barley, and you shall bake it with dung of the excrement of man, in their sight.

The next quote explains the preceding.

Ezekiel 13:19

19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies? (KJV)

The "dung" being man's traditions which attempt to void God's Word.
Back to Chapter 4 for completion. A prophesy by both Word and example.

Ezekiel 4:13-15

4:13 And Jehovah° said, Even so the sons of Israel shall eat their defiled bread among the nations there where I will drive them. 4:14 Then I said, Ah, Lord Jehovah°! Behold, my soul has not been defiled. I have not even eaten a carcass or a torn animal, from my youth even until now. And unclean flesh has not come into my mouth. 4:15 Then He said to me, See, I have given to you the dung of cattle in place of the dung of man. And you shall prepare bread over it.

O.K. we'll call it "bullsh*t"!

Ezekiel 4:16-17

4:16 And He said to me, Son of man, behold, I am breaking the staff of bread in Jerusalem. And they shall eat bread by weight, and with anxiety. And they shall drink water by measure, and in horror, 4:17 because they will lack bread and water, and each one be appalled with his brother. And they will waste away in their iniquity. (†LITV)

Remember when the "staff of bread" was "broken" in Jerusalem on the ultimate Passover ?
Too much "Old" Testament ?

Matthew 5:17-20

17 Do not think that I came to annul the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to annul, but to fulfill. 18 Truly I say to you, Until the heaven and the earth pass away, in no way shall one iota or one tittle pass away from the law until all comes to pass. 19 Therefore, whoever relaxes one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of Heaven. But whoever does and teaches them , this one shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I say to you, If your righteousness shall not exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, in no way shall you go into the kingdom of Heaven. (†LITV)

Revelation 10:7-11

7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. 8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (KJV)

Selah !

°JEHOVAH In the Hebrew, YAHVEH  Yod Hey Vov Hey
†Green's Literal Translation (LITV).
Scripture quoted by permission.
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