by Marvin D. Patterson

Peter's Word to the Pastor
Marvin Patterson
1 Peter 5:1-3

Jonah and the whale

One day, a teacher was talking to her first grade class about whales when a little girl had a question. Little Girl: ''Do whales swallow people?'' Teacher: ''No, even though they are much bigger than a person, they have throat pleats that filter their food of krill and plankton. Little Girl: ''But Mrs. Thurston says Jonah was swallowed by a whale.'' Teacher getting angry: ''Blue whales cannot swallow people.'' Little Girl: ''Well, when I get to heaven I'll just ask Jonah if he was really swallowed by a whale.'' Teacher, still red with anger: ''What if Jonah went to hell?'' Girl: ''Well, then you can ask him.''

A joke about Creation

An atheist scientist came to God and said, ''We've figured out how to make a man without you.'' God said, ''OK, let me see you do it.'' So the atheist bent down to the ground and scooped up a handful. But God stopped him and said, ''Oh, no you don't. Get your own dirt!''


This chapter of 1 Peter starts a new section in which Simon Peter addresses the pastors of the church. These are words of wisdom for all of us, but especially for the pastor. Peter compares the pastorate to that of the shepherd. In much the same way as the shepherd protects, leads and guides, and feeds the sheep, the pastor has a similar role shepherding the church.

Sheep are very unique in the animal kingdom. They must have a shepherd to look after them continuously, or they will not survive for very long. They have no defense against outside predators. They cannot bite, claw, or even run from an enemy. They cannot find food or water without the help of the shepherd. If they roll over on their backs, some are not able to roll back upright, and they could actually die lying there on the back. They have no sense of direction and can get lost very easily. Even flies can get in their ears and noses which leads to contamination, and often times death. The ...

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