THE OX OF THE TEAM
The office of a Pastor has been referred to as – “the ox of the team.” In contrast prophets are typed as eagles – the nature of an eagle is one that flies higher and sees farther. In the spiritual realms the prophet can rise higher and see much further spiritual than others in order to fulfill his duty or office.
THE PASTOR OX
The pastor – his duties typifies the nature of the ox. There is a difference in an ox and sheep or horses. The main difference is that they are more submissive to authority. The ox will answer to the masters loud command or goad willfully.
They carry the heaviest loads in comparison to the rest of the working livestock. This exactly compares spiritually to the office of a pastor, he carries the heaviest loads in the local church. Even though he is made for that he still needs your prayer!
Their footing is more sure than others, and their diet is the plain common grasses of the valleys and hillsides, but the sheep and goats climb the mountains, wanting the sweeter grasses in more dangerous and harmful areas.
MORE STRONG THE BEAUTIFUL
The ox by design is strong, and has been fixed by his master at a young age for this work. They use their strength without malice – mild and gentle and very easily contented. They are patient of difficulties and when plowing a field, no matter how difficult the soil, they will pull and pull and keep pulling until they accomplish the work. They are much slower than a race horse and certainly not as beautiful, but though they are slow, they use it as strength in ways that a horse could never do.
In biblical day’s the ox was used also as a sacrifice to Jehovah. When he has done everything else, the ox is offered to God as a sacrifice. God will only except the best for a sacrifice for Himself!
Pastor what an extreme honor you have to preach and to carry the Gospel in this last and final age. Remember, no matter how difficult it may seem, and the desire comes to quit, the ox will keep pulling, he has been prepared to be persistent.
WHAT DID WILLIAM BRANHAM SAY?
A prophet of the LORD (in the spirit of Elijah) in our day said of the Pastor; “But, you see, in the church there is the pastor, and that pastor is a special person. He’s built to where he can put up with the fusses of the people. He’s a burden-bearer, he’s the ox of the team. He’s a man that can sit down when somebody’s got something against somebody else, and sit down with them two families (and take neither side) and reason it out and bring it right back into sweetness. He’s a pastor, he knows how to take care of things.” – William Branham (1909-1965)
Pastor Bill Ivy – Living Word Tabernacle – Campbell Missouri (Gibson community)
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