Jeremiah 3:15-16 says, “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
The prophecy from the Lord through Jeremiah speaks of God’s promise to give us shepherds to feed us with knowledge and understanding that would cause increase in the lives of His people. This would cause them to cease following the Ark of the Covenant and from even talking about it. One aspect of the significance of the Ark in its time was that it was always to go before them in leading them into their destiny into the Promised Land (Joshua 3:3, 4). The Ark would always be in front of them leading them to victory in battle.
Some believers have the mistaken idea that all they need is Jesus and they can get knowledge from the abundance of teachers in the Body of Christ without having a pastor. We need more than knowledge. We need training and voices of authority in our life. There is a leadership anointing through a pastor in the house of God, believers need to learn to receive and draw from. When you pull yourself away from voices God has given for equipping, training, and to keep you from being scattered, you’re only left with yourself as your own authority. You’ll submit only to yourself and do only what’s right in your own eyes.
The book of Judges is a documented history of people doing what was right in their own eyes and as a result were driven out of the Promised Land. It’s not listening to a man of God above the Bible but serving the Lord Jesus is also not just about acquiring knowledge alone with no outside voices in our lives. We need a voice outside ourselves in order to stay objective. Sheep without a shepherd are scattered (Ezekiel 34:5) and faint (Matthew 9:36).
The Apostle Paul told Timothy as a Pastor, “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained (1 Timothy 4:6).” Words of faith and good doctrine from a Pastor are needed to develop strong foundations in people’s lives especially in the Last Days when the Holy Spirit explicitly warned that there would be a departure from the faith or true Christianity, and the rock solid truths of Scripture.