Wednesday September 1, 2010
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"God talks to us through Written Word"

Christ’s Words “Feed My Sheep” are confusing to many of us as we now plow deeper for answers:

Who are the sheep and who feeds them?

Why is there so little food available?

How is the food recognized and consumed?

John 21: 15-17 KJV reads:

[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.

[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.

[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.”

Three times Christ has asked Peter: “Do you love me?” and three times Peter has begged Christ to believe that he loved him. Each time Christ instructs Peter to “feed My sheep”. Here, Peter has great difficulty associating his “love for Christ” with “feeding His sheep”. Peter’s confusion illustrates how easy it is for us today to experience a lack of understanding.

Let us understand that Christ is our Shepherd and we are His sheep. When the Shepherd speaks, His sheep understand His words. When the Shepherd calls, His sheep hear Him and follow Him as His word is their food! The above scriptures point out that prior to returning to His Heavenly Father, Christ entrusted Peter to continue feeding His sheep. Peter clearly listened to Christ’s words as he began – “feeding the sheep”.

How does a pastor tie into the work of feeding God’s children? Pastor is derived from the word pasture and means: one placed in charge of the pasture. The sheep graze in the pasture and the pastor’s job is…. you’ve got it, “feed the sheep”. This establishes that the “who” in who feeds the sheep is pastor and that the food is the “Word of God”. Simply put, the pastor feeds the food (Word of God) to God’s children (His sheep), and in this manner God’s children are fed.

In addressing availability of food (Word of God), being fed requires that we read God’s Word with clarity. How many of us understand this letter (the Bible) that God has written to us? Amos, a sheepherder and prophet of God, reveals to us in Amos 8:11 KJV:

“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:”

This famine for understanding scripture is prophecy being fulfilled today; right before our very own eyes. We now continue with Amos 8:12-13 KJV:

[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.” Here Amos is letting us know that we want to- we seek and try to- but cannot understand the Word of God.

Finally, we address the issue of what we’re to do to understand God’s Word. We have to become personally involved and ascertain that it is God’s Word being presented, as frequently we’re being fed man’s word via commentaries and traditions. It’s important that we check out the source by researching the material through our Concordance and Bible dictionary.

Remember, God is talking to us through His written word. We must take the time to digest His message and if necessary, seek the assistance of a pastor who listens the same way.



Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at or viewed online at