June 16

Let’s talk about submission. It’s a hard topic to fully delve into here, but consider this, there is an intricate order in the universe which God has designed, on purpose, and for His glory.

  1. The Trinitarian Godhead is made up of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son, for example, is God, but is submissive to the Father’s will.
  2. The angels are God’s messengers and are currently in authority over us as God directs. Not all angelic beings are of the same design, and not all have the same duties and authority. There are levels of power in their structure.
  3. Next, there are humans. We are made a little lower than the angels, but someday will judge them. The structure God designed includes:
    1. We are under God’s authority with the church being intimately led by Jesus.
    2. Male headship of the family, and male headship of the church answer to God (both requiring spiritual authority thus representing the Groom-Bride relationship of Jesus and His church).
    3. Children are to obey their parents and submit to them.
    4. There are governmental authorities as well which we are to be subject to, regardless if they’re Christians or pagans. Unless they demand we stop worshiping, preaching, and obeying God, we are to live as peacefully with and obediently to them as possible (remember, rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft).
    5. Employers are in charge of their employees, and the employees are to be subject to their company’s management.
    6. And on and on it goes.

 

  • John 10:4 “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

Jesus gathers His sheep out of the fold and starts walking ahead. The sheep are under His care and follow and obey Him as He is their Leader. They will wander, and He will bring them back. He is ever always in control.

Remember the old saying, “Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians?” You see, most American Indian tribes had a definitive chief who was the head of the tribe. If everyone else in the tribe wanted to be in charge, chaos and anarchy would arise (much like what you’re seeing in some of the mainland cities right now). Think how messed up God’s Kingdom would be if every sheep out in the field just ignored Jesus and did his own thing continually. Jesus is the Chief Shepherd (different version of “chief”, but same concept of being the One in charge), and the church is His flock.

  • “If you think you’re leading, but no one is following, then you are only taking a walk.” –John Maxwell.

But Jesus’ sheep follow Him because He is their Shepherd. They submit to Him, obey Him, and let Him be in charge. He never gives them the option to do their own thing, or follow their particular beliefs. Since real sheep are dumb, and we have finite fleshly eyes to see with, in comparison to our Great Shepherd we are dumber than dumb. That is why we trust His care, His foreknowledge and sovereignty over life’s events, and that the grass He leads us to us good. If a dumb herd of sheep can follow a human shepherd, surely we can follow our Great Shepherd.

If any of you have ever been in the military then you’ve had a glimpse of this relationship. In Boot Camp your Drill Instructor would have you do all sorts of banal, asinine, and painful things. You thought he just relished the thought of torturing you and was hoping to get you to crack so he could have you carted off and discharged as a looney. But then you start to see how the discipline is working to make you effective and strong. You see how the physical torture has shed fat and added muscle and stamina. You see how some of the odd things you did were how he ensured you would be safe and healthy. You didn’t always understand it, but in time it made sense; you knew that he cared for your success and well-being. Similarly, the shepherd cares for his sheep and ensures they get what’s best for them, not always what they thinkis best.

  • “The only safe place for a sheep is by the side of his shepherd, because the Devil does not fear sheep; he just fears the shepherd.”—A.W. Tozer
  1. What are the two primary ways that we can ensure we stay close to our Shepherd? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. I would say that close fellowship with other believers would be a tight third since other believers will also pray for us and speak the Word to us, but also because we belong safe together as Christ’s church/flock. The unified church is one flock, so when individual sheep go off and do their own thing, they are wandering which is dangerous.
  • Psalm 100 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.
  1. As sheep, we are to submit to the service of our Shepherd. What adjective does the Psalmist use here to describe how we are to serve Him? ___________________________________________________
    1. Human nature tends to want to be served rather than to do the serving. Yet, we are to serve our God willfully.
  2. Since God made us, then who are we to tell God what we think, what we want, or even how He could do things differently or better? ________________________________________________________
    1. Remember that Burt Bacharach Hippie-era song sung by Jackie DeShannon, “What the World Needs Now is Love”? Bacharach’s music is awesome, and this one is a sad, sweet song with one major error—the singer repeatedly tells God we don’t need more mountains or meadows, etc., because in the singer’s estimation, we have almost too many of those. Essentially, she’s demanding God to bring on the love (which, sadly, is not love for Him, but love for each other in a rocky and turbulent world). Who do any of us think we are to demand anything from our Shepherd? He made us, and not we Him. He tells us what to do, not we Him!
  3. The sheep of His pasture are to come together and worship, thank, and praise Him just like we did this last Sunday. That’s God’s requirement of us. So now, as His sheep who are in this world until He calls us home, we can worship, thank, and praise Him for 3 notable reasons that you see at the end of this Psalm:                                 1) ______________________________________________________ 2) ______________________________________________________ 3) ______________________________________________________
    1. Write down some reflections on why each of these three reasons are awesome and describe an awesome, loving, caring Shepherd: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us  Hymn by Dorothy Thrupp

1 Saviour, like a shepherd lead us,

Much we need Thy tenderest care;

In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,

For our use Thy folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

 

2 We are Thine, do Thou befriend us,

Be the Guardian of our way;

Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us,

Seek us when we go astray.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Hear young children when they pray.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Hear young children when they pray.

 

3 Thou hast promised to receive us,

Poor and sinful though we be;

Thou hast mercy to relieve us,

Grace to cleanse, and power to free:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Let us early turn to Thee.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Let us early turn to Thee.

 

4 Early let us seek Thy favor,

Early let us do Thy will;

Blessed Lord and only Saviour,

With Thy love our bosoms fill:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Thou hast loved us, love us still.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Thou has loved us, love us still.