Tucked away towards the end of the Book of Genesis is the last statement of the last verse in chapter 46, where it says, “EVERY SHEPHERD is an ABOMINATION unto the Egyptians.”
First we must define a few very important terms in that statement (Genesis 46:34):
(1)Shepherds have always been a type of symbolism for a PASTOR.
(2)Egypt has always been a type of symbolism for SIN, or in this case, THE WORLD
(3) And the definition of “abomination” is anything abominable; anything greatly disliked or abhorred.
So when you refer back to Genesis 46:34, using these terms, you could say it like this: PASTORS are GREATLY DISLIKED by THE WORLD because the spirit of the Egyptians is one that does not want to be told what to do!
Unfortunately, that old Egyptian spirit is alive and well, but it’s not only found in THE WORLD, it’s found its way into THE CHURCH!
Therefore, it is imperative that PREACHERS PREACH to that old Egyptian spirit and take authority over it.
As the Pastor of The Sanctuary of Pentecost, I am striving to CREATE a Culture in our church that LOVES The WORD, and LOVES to SHOUT and RUN the AISLES, and LOVES HOLINESS and SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD. But I’m also CREATING a CULTURE that LOVES THEIR SHEPHERD!
Shepherds may be an abomination to the Egyptians, but at The Sanctuary of Pentecost, WE LOVE SHEPHERDS! And YOUR CHURCH NEEDS to LOVE its SHEPHERD TOO!
Shepherds being an abomination to the Egyptians was not just an Old Testament problem. That spirit was alive and well in the New Testament too. As a matter of fact, Paul hit that old Egyptian spirit head on when he wrote to Timothy, explaining what he needed to do when that old spirit decided to rise up.
2 Timothy 4:2-4 says, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
The AMP says it like this, “Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.
3 For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, 4 And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.”
Whatever you do, do NOT let that old Egyptian spirit get a hold of you and you end up despising your Shepherd! Don’t be seduced by that old Egyptian spirit and let your Shepherd become an Abomination in your life!