An Updated Rerun Series
Feed My Sheep.
According to the Bible, what do sheep eat?
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23: 2)
Sheep are herbivores; and thus, in the Bible, sheep graze on grass. No other diet or dietary supplement is mentioned for sheep.
Now, when it comes to comparing the word, or scriptures, to food products, Jesus used the analogy of sowing seed in Mark Chapter 4. The word was the seed and the sower was a type of preacher.
But in the Bible, sheep do not eat wheat or oats, they graze on grass.
In Hebrews 5: 12-14 , the word is referred to as milk and strong meat. And in John 6:48, Jesus refers to Himself as the Bread of Life, and you could make a good case that the Living Word is bread. Milk, meat and bread are certainly foods.
But once again, in the Bible, sheep graze on grass. Period.
If the words Feed My sheep are an analogy signifying that modern pastors are supposed to preach sermons to solemn congregations, then we are stuck with nonsensical mental images. (Remember: every analogy in the Bible is used to give clarity to the reader, not to add confusion.)
So, in order to justify a modern interpretation of Feed My sheep, you would have to envision a pastor walking out to his back lawn, clipping the grass, bagging it, carrying the bags to church; and then, tossing grass out of the bags from the pulpit to bleating, hungry sheep. Not a good mental analogy, right?
Furthermore, there are no supporting verses in the Bible for the interpretation of Feed My sheep as having the meaning of a pastor preaching a sermon to a congregation. None. Zip. Nada. It is a modern tradition which is really a cloud without water, carried along by the winds of time.
But interestingly enough, the answer to what Feed My Sheep truly means is provided for us by Peter.
(Continued in Part 17)