My name is Solomon Keal. I am a minister for the General Church of the New Jerusalem, which is a Swedenborgian Christian denomination. These are some of my thoughts about the Lord, the symbolic meanings in the Bible, life after death, faith, charity, usefulness, loving the Lord and one's neighbor, the 2nd Coming, Swedenborg's Writings, and other theological stuff.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What does the 'flock' eat?

In the Christian world a minister is often called a 'pastor' referring to a 'shepherd' and the congregation is often called his 'flock.' This is for the reason that the pastor's job is to feed his flock spiritual food. But it's important to remember that in this analogy, what he is feeding them is not food that he has made or prepared, but rather it is straight from the Lord, available to all, as the grass of the fields is to sheep. The pastor's job is simply to lead the flock to where they can find and eat food for themselves; in the pastures of the Lord.

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