Shepherd the Flock of God
5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a] not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[b] not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:1 Peter is referencing not only Christ’s physical suffering as well as His emotional suffering. Peter’s journey from the fisherman we met early in the Gospel is coming full circle. I always enjoy how Peter didn’t exalt his position among his readers.
An elder’s duty is to grant oversight to the people he serves. Peter is completing his thought started in verse 1. I also think he’s referencing the Lord’s admonishment to feed His sheep. All this is done by willing servants to God.
1 Peter 5:2 A church officer shouldn’t be forced to serve but should do it out of an acknowledgment that this is a service to God by willing servants.The Lord, inspiring Peter to write, is making the case that though the shepherd can earn a wage they shouldn’t set that as their main goal in leading within Christ’s Church.
1 Peter 5:3 Leading isn’t domineering or ruling over the people. It is interesting that Peter is writing about sheep and shepherding. When Christ restored Peter, He did so using the metaphor of sheep and lambs.
1 Peter 5:4 We do all this for the approval of our chief Shepherd. He’s given us the task as well as the sheep to lead. We want to be found faithful in serving Him fully.
1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise”, he’s going to tie it all together. The younger could be in age or in spiritual matters. I belive this statement is more towards spiritual matters. Though it can apply in the other context as well. To finish this segement Peter notes that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. I wonder where he got that from?