Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
In this weeks Words Of Wisdom:
Matthew Henry’s Commentary says,
He promises to set those over them that shall be every way blessings to them (Jeremiah 3:15): I will give you pastors after my heart, alluding to the character given of David when God pitched upon him to be king. 1 Samuel 13:14, The Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart. Observe,
(1.) When a church is gathered it must be governed. “I will bring them to Zion, not to live as they list, but to be under discipline, not as wild beasts, that range at pleasure, but as sheep that are under the direction of a shepherd.” I will give them pastors, that is, both magistrates and ministers both are God’s ordinance for the support of his kingdom.
(2.) It is well with a people when their pastors are after God’s own heart, such as they should be, such as we would have them be, who shall make his will their rule in all their administrations, and such as endeavour in some measure to conform to his example, who rule for him, and, as they are capable, rule like him.
(3.) Those are pastors after God’s own heart who make it their business to feed the flock, not to feed themselves and fleece the flocks,
but to do all they can for the good of those that are under their charge, who feed them with wisdom and understanding
(that is, wisely and understandingly), as David fed them, in the integrity of his heart
and by the skilfulness of his hand, Psalm 78:72
. Those who are not only pastors, but teachers, must feed them with the word of God, which is wisdom and understanding, which is able to make us wise to salvation.