The Curse of Bad Leaders (Isaiah 56:9-12)
The enemies of God salivate when the Church has godless leaders
I. Enemies of God and His people are always ready to pounce (9)
II. Common traits of godless leadership (10-12)
– Spiritually blind and ignorant
– Pre-occupied with the present
– Not ready to defend
– Drag followers down with them
III. Godly leaders function as watchmen and shepherds (10,11)
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9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour—
all you beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind;
they are all without knowledge;
they are all silent dogs;
they cannot bark,
dreaming, lying down,
loving to slumber.
11 The dogs have a mighty appetite;
they never have enough.
But they are shepherds who have no understanding;
they have all turned to their own way,
each to his own gain, one and all.
12 “Come,” they say, “let me get wine;
let us fill ourselves with strong drink;
and tomorrow will be like this day,
great beyond measure.” (ESV)