The Chief Shepherd-The Ark of the Covenant

Jeremiah 3:
14 Return, O faithless children, declares the LORD; for I am your master; I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.
15 "'And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, declares the LORD, they shall no more say, "The ark of the covenant of the LORD." It shall not come to mind or be remembered or missed; it shall not be made again.

Psalm
23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

John 10:
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

1Peter 5:
1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed:
2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

Rev 11:
15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."
16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God,
17 saying, "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth."
19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

1. The Lord is the Chief Shepherd
2. He calls those who are his true underlings.
3. The hirelings flee because they are hirelings;hirelings from the get go, and always will be.
4. Who hired (called) the hirelings? (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

2Timothy 4:
1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

Jeremiah exhorts those who have wondered off to return to the Lord. The Lord himself brings them in by sending forth the true shepherds (those like Timothy) who speak with the voice of the Good Shepherd, through the preaching and teaching of His Word.
Christ is the fulfillment of all the Law and prophets. Therefore He is the ark of the covenant in fulfillment and consummation. Many are wondering off looking for signs and wonders. The shepherds of the Lord are calling them back. Let Indiana Jones waste his time looking for the "lost ark".

(As an FYI;
The Ark of the Covenant disappeared around the time of the Babylonian exile. It was not removed by the Babylonian army. Neither the rebuilt post-exile temple , nor Herod's subsequent enlarging contained the Ark in the Holy Place.)




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