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Acts 20:17–18 (ESV)
Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders
17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them:
“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
I kept today’s reading short for a reason. I
wanted to focus on the word “elder” in the text. As a Lutheran, it is easy to get confused over this word. In the Lutheran church, as well as some others, we use the term “elder” as someone who assists the pastor.
This is confusing because the word is used for “pastor” in the Bible. So Paul is not writing about assistants in the church, but pastors. Now it is easy to say that pastors are assistants, that is assistants to God. This is true,
but the elders were the pastors of the individual churches. The Greek word (transliterated) is “presbuteros”. This word used in today’s texts is interpreted as one who is involved in the exhortation and preaching in the
church services. So when we read the word “elder” in the book of Acts, we need to keep in mind that this is used in connection to pastors.
I pray: O Lord, as a pastor, help me to be
worthy of your calling, to properly read, digest, to teach, and to preach your word in truth and purity. This prayer is not only for me, but for all pastors... to take their jobs seriously and to honor their calling. Amen.