I’ve been asked to explain hireling!
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep , and am known of mine.” John 10:11-14
There are two dictionary definitions for hireling;
- a person employed to do menial work.
- a person who works purely for material reward.
Both definitions are consistent with scripture.
Job 7:1 says, “Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?”
What were the days of an hireling?
Isaiah 16:14 says, “But now the Lord hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.”
For the time he is hired, his eye is fixed only “for the reward of his work” (Job 7:2). For he’s there only as wage earner. You see why now Jesus says the hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep? It means the hireling watches the sheep (believers) for money/reward. In other words, the hireling is in the ministry for money!
Why do God allow hirelings?
It’s an occupy till I come situation
Luke 19:13 says, “And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.”
It’s so because the heirs themselves are not ready, “though he be lord of all.” Galatians 4:1.
The hireling knows his days are determined
Job 14:5-6 says, “Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.”
When a good shepherd arises, the hireling should give way
John 10:11-12 says, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.”
Does God really allow hirelings?
No, but some believers prefer hirelings; they want those who say what they want to hear,
I like Malachi 3:5, “And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right , and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Yes, you heard him right, for a time you’re under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father, give the hireling his wages.
To be continued…..