Devotionals on Shepherds
- King of Israel
He came to Israel as the promised Seed of Abraham – God’s anointed King of Israel. He came only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel for He was their great Shepherd.
- ‘Fear not’ said He, for mighty dread had seized their troubled minds. This chunk of scripture replayed in the classic Christmas carol ‘While shepherds watched’, says it all.
- Messiah King
The shepherds were told that they would recognise their Messiah King by a special sign: You will find the baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth - and lying in a manger. Heaven rejoiced while Satan fumed in a frenzy of killing, at the birth of the God-Man.
- The price of leadership remains high and hard; it may be cheap and easy for the dictator, for the hireling, but never for the shepherd.
- The dictator dominates; the hireling flees; but the good shepherd loves his sheep and is loved by them.
- Simple Duty
May this not have been the experience of shepherds following that astonishing night, as the simple shepherds also returned to face the tedious tasks of their daily duty? In Luke 8:20 we read that: “The shepherds returned…..”
- those faithful shepherds of the sheep.
- the innocent sacrifices that down through the centuries exemplified God’s Son, and these were the shepherds entrusted with the care of this small, precious flock. These were the ones, called upon to “feed my sheep” and “feed my lambs.”
- Faithful Shepherds
It seems these men, like David the shepherd king, were men after God’s own heart, as night after night and maybe year after year – these ones were unseen but faithful – unseen by multitudes, who daily flocked to the temple to seek YHWH’s forgiveness. Seen by the One who daily covered those sins – until the fullness of time came in…
- Greatest Wonder
God used an angelic visitation to inform that motley crew of His greatest gift to man, and they heard and acted; they saw and believed – and they shared this good news: for all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them…….
- Spiritual Bliss
How many of us, like these shepherds have been in the very presence of God? How many of us, recall that wonderful transfiguring time and long for its return?
- Earthly Struggle
Peter preferred the transfiguration mount to the toils and struggles of earthly life. No doubt the shepherds preference would have been to remain forever in this zenith..
- Woe to the worthless shepherd that leaveth the flock (Zech. 11:17, ASV).
- One saint of God expressed this ‘need’ that God places in our hearts like this:- “It is more than comforting to realise that it is those who have plumbed the depths of failure, to whom God invariably gives the call to shepherd others.
- Such a man also has first-hand knowledge of the loving care of the Chief Shepherd, and His ability to heal one who has come humbly to trust in Him and Him alone. Therefore he does not easily despair of others, but looks beyond sinfulness, wilfulness, and stupidity, to the might of unchanging love.
- Christian Growth
The Lord Jesus does not give the charge, “Be a shepherd to My lambs … to My sheep,” on hearing Peter’s self-confident affirmation of undying loyalty.
- A Quiet Spirit
And He breaks our legs as did the kindly shepherd to the little straying lamb, so that He Himself can find us and gather us up in His loving arms: and carry us on His shoulders. Luke 15:5 So that He can clothe us with the ornaments of meekness and a quiet spirit.
- He was Shepherd and Refuge, Light and Salvation to King David.
One verse that came to mind was about WHO should lead, guide and teach the flock.
- Jew and Gentile
Christ did not come to save the little band of shepherds alone, as they tended their sheep that night – nor was His role of Redeemer limited to the Jewish nation of Israel, through Whom the Seed was born. He was to be Kinsman-Redeemer to all humanity – to Jew and gentile, male and female, young and old, rich and poor – bond and free.
- Unique Saviour
He is not only the root and stem of David, but He is the good Shepherd that was born in humble circumstances so that He could save us from our sins and seat us together with Himself in heavenly places for He is our unique Saviour and God’s very Special Gift – so that all Who believe on His name will not perish but have everlasting life.
In John 10:11;3 we read: Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.
- The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” He calls His own by name… and in Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd. Scripture gives us many pictures of God.
- He is also our Shepherd – and we are His sheep.
- He is not just the Shepherd of the sheep but the good Shepherd.
- The false, idol shepherd is come to steal and to kill and to destroy..
- yes there is much difference between the real Shepherd and a hireling.
- But the purpose of the Good Shepherd is to give life in all its fullness.
- Our Good Shepherd knows.
- Our Good Shepherd cares.
- Our Good Shepherd understands.
- Our Shepherd
No one but God can lead his lambs like a Shepherd. And His own hear His voice saying “this is the best way”.. He walked the way that you are walking, first. He crossed the same wilderness that you are crossing. He forded the same torrents that appear so overwhelming.
- Almighty or All-Matey
Whatever happened to the worship of the true and living God Almighty? What has replaced the awe and wonder of the all-powerful, omnipotent Creator? What has been exchanged for the preeminent, omniscient, Lord of heaven and earth? What is this ‘God All-Matey‘ that has crept into the vision of so many today? He is indeed our Saviour and Shepherd; our Friend and Bridegroom, but His loving-kindness has been converted into indulgence. His powerful strength has been metamorphosed in the a soppy weakness.
- Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be the glory forever and ever.
- My Peace, my Shepherd, my Provider, my Redeemer.
- To the lost He was the Good Shepherd. To the sick He was their Healer and to the disciples He was Christ, the Son of God.
- God’s Shepherd
How curious that simple shepherds, who were so despised by the Jewish leadership, should have been the first to be told of the arrival of Israel’s long-awaited Messiah-King – for this tiny infant was also God’s Great Shepherd of the sheep – the Good Shepherd Who lays down His life for His sheep… and one day He will return to earth as the Chief Shepherd, Who will award the crown of glory to all the under-shepherds of God’s little flock, who have faithfully fulfilled the work that God has prepared for them to do.
- Christ the Lord
How astonished that little band of shepherds must have been when first one and then a great multitude of the angelic heavenly host were seen rejoicing and praising God as they preached the good news of a Saviour – born that day in the city of David, Who would bring peace to men of good-will.
- And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
- Trusting Obedience
What a wonderful example was this trusty band of simple shepherds, for they received the message from the Lord with joy, and straightway acted on it in trusting obedience.
- Our Good Shepherd
He is praying for us now, that our faith will not fail – and even when we become faithless, His prayers and pleadings on our behalf are honoured by the Father – for we are kept through His pleading prayers – so that when we do return into His arms of forgiveness – we will strengthen our brethren. He is praying as our good Shepherd for He knows each one of us by name.
- Lamb and Lion
He came to rescue us as our Good Shepherd, for we are sheep without a shepherd. He came as the perfect Lamb of God to pay the shocking price for sin – and He is coming as the Lion of the tribe of Judah – the victorious King of kings.
- For ye were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls (1 Pet. 2:25).
- It is more than comforting to realise that it is those who have plumbed the depths of failure to whom the Father invariably gives the call to shepherd others.
- Such a man also has a firsthand knowledge of the loving care of the Chief Shepherd, and His ability to heal one who has come humbly to trust Him and Him alone.
- The Lord Jesus does not give the charge, Be a shepherd to My lambs. . .
- Feed My lambs - shepherd My sheep' - is the new commission given to the man who had denied his Lord with an oath.
- Coming Messiah
Threading through the Old Testament are prophecies and promises of the coming Messiah Who was chosen of God to be His special representative and anointed king. Many references and titles, names and offices describe this long awaited Saviour … He was Seed of the Woman; Lion of Judah – Immanuel; Messiah; Mediator and Man. He was the chief Shepherd and faithful Witness and the root and the stem of David.
- David – Trusts in God
David the shepherd, the king..
- Keeping Silence
The true Shepherd of the sheep will lead you beside still waters to restore you, but His rod of correction is never far from the silent, seeking solitary soul.
- I am the Way; I am the Truth; I am the Life; I am the Shepherd; I am the Vine; I am the Resurrection.
- He was sent to save them all – for there will be one flock and one Shepherd..
- Ever Watching
The Lord is ever-watching everything that is going on in your life and in mine. He sees the stresses and strains; problems and pain; disappointments and doubt. He even sees ahead of time what is going to take place tomorrow, next week, next year. He is watching over you and guarding your life as a shepherd protects His sheep. He is monitoring your path with a Fatherly-heart – desiring only the best for you.
- And most have been entrusted into the care of an under-shepherd’ Christ being the Chief Shepherd as well as being our Good, Great Shepherd
- Word of Grace
“Fear not”, were the first words of grace spoken to that little band of shepherds – shepherds on a lonely hill in the little town of Bethlehem.
- Tidings of Joy
The tidings of great joy declared to the little shepherd band were indeed for all men, for all have sinned and all fall short of God’s glory and all men need a Saviour. Two thousand years ago the Infinite, the Almighty One stooped down into time, so that He could pick up you, a lost, worthless, shame-ridden, miserable worm..
- as shepherd’s tended their flocks and Jewish men and women scurried to the town of their ancestry – for an imposed census, required by their Roman conquerors – a census ordained by God, so that the glory of the Lord could once again return to His people.
- Return of Glory
But something amazing happened in the little town of Bethlehem, while shepherd’s watched their flocks that glorious night.
- Greater Glory
The glory of the Lord that shone round about that little band of shepherds was to be of far greater glory than the glory reflected on the face of Moses, or the pillar of fire that led God’s people through the wilderness.
- Few Shepherds
But the evangelistic baton was passed to a few shepherds who were abiding in the fields watching their flocks.
- He passed over wealthy and popular people and instead reached out to a few simple shepherds, with a simple sign, that dark winter’s night.
- Insignificant Arrival
Christ’s own humility can be witnessed in His insignificant arrival on earth for He emptied Himself of the eternal glory He shared with the Father and came to earth as a helpless babe with nowhere to lay His head but a feeding trough in a borrowed cave. The shepherds instant obedience to the angelic message can be identified through the haste with which they sped to Bethlehem, to see the thing that had come to pass. But the gospel was not for them only – but a message of hope and joy to all people.
- Straying Sheep
How like silly, straying sheep we are wandering from the safety of the shepherd. Though this is an accusation from Isaiah, it needs to be the confession of us all. Each of us pursuing dangerous paths and pleasures away from God’s protection – each going our own way, pursuing our own path – as sheep without a shepherd.
- Heart for God
God is looking for men after His own heart like David, who will shepherd His people, and He is searching for prayerful men of integrity, like the prophet Daniel. He is looking for willing men like Isaiah who volunteered to do the Lord’s bidding – trusting men like Habakkuk, who lived a life of trusting faith.
- my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,My Prophet, Priest and King,My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,Accept the praise I bring.
- Precious Possession
This precious truth of the profound depth of Christ’s love for His Church demands our rapt attention! We are this congregation of saints that God has given to the Lord.. as His precious possession. We are the flock of God, given by the Father to the great Shepherd of the sheep.
- Shepherd and Saviour
David discovered Him to be His protection: “I AM your Shepherd The LORD – my shepherd (YHWH ROAH) I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1.
- And to us He has is our Good Shepherd– that Great Shepherd of the Sheep: “I AM the good Shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”.
- Jesus said:- I AM the Good Shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11
- “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:14).
- “He that believeth on Me shall never die” (John 11:26), “...shall not hunger” (John 6:35), shall never wander like sheep without a shepherd, he shall have a governing, controlling reality like a shepherd in his life.
- save a young, disgraced Jewish couple, entrusted with God’s greatest gift – and a few humble shepherds who came to marvel at the new-born babe.
- Unique Visitation
Abel was accepted through a bloodied sacrifice – Peter by the shore of Galilee. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord – Paul found His grace was sufficient. The shepherds were led by a host of angels – the Wise Men followed by a star. And on and on – each encounter different, distinct, dissimilar from the other.
- Miracle of Life
The birth of a child is a wonderful, mysterious event, a miracle of human life. The birth of Jesus was the most wonderful birth that occurred in this world. His birth was accompanied by so many remarkable and astonishing events… Angel’s sang – Shepherd’s were amazed. Stars spoke – Glory shone all around – Wise Men came….
- Infant Child
The son of God slept in a manger as the shepherds watched in amazement. The infant Child slumbered in the house – and the Wise Men came. Wise men from the Galilean hills left their flock, to come to the Lamb..
- Jesus wanted to get across the eternal truth that He was the door of the sheep fold; the only good Shepherd; the one Way to God; the revealed Truth of God and everlasting Life that only comes from God – for He is God in the flesh - but His disciples did not understand His words.
- Jesus had come to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and explained in detail that He was the good Shepherd Who alone could save His people; He was the living water Who alone springs up into everlasting life, that He is the bread of life Who alone came down from heaven to feed hungry souls and He was the only way through whom His people must go, if they are to reach their eternal destination.
- And Jesus is the good Shepherd of the sheep, Who leads and guides, protects and feeds the sheep that belong to Him.
- as the Shepherd of Israel, Who would save His people from their sins.
- by name, as God’s special servant, who would authorise the return of Jews to the land of Israel… for we read, Cyrus is My shepherd, who will perform all My desire!’ He will declare of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’ and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’” It was in the first year of his reign that the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia, so that he sent a written proclamation throughout all his kingdom, which said: Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
- From his early years as a shepherd-boy, this man was an out-doors kinda-guy and must have witnessed many thunderstorms and other natural phenomena.
- The closer that the Lord Jesus drew to the cross, the more we see His teaching begin to shift away from His early mission, where He came only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel as their faithful Shepherd..
- God knows that disobedient Israel will one day return to His open arms of love, for they are like a flock of straying sheep without a shepherd and the wounds and pain that have been inflicted due to centuries of idolatry and apostasy will be over, when they acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
- Jesus, the Lamb of God and Shepherd of Israel had come to set up His eternal kingdom on earth – BUT He was despised and rejected by those He came to save.
- In this psalm, we see a beautiful portrait of God, as our good and faithful shepherd, Who leads us by still waters and guides us into the way of peace.
- The picture that is painted, in this well-loved psalm of David, is that of our faithful God, our merciful and gracious Saviour - our good and caring Shepherd, Who keeps us, protects us and provides for us, through all the changing scenes of life.
- The good Shepherd of the sheep has anointed our head with oil, and our cup of blessing overflows with His goodness and love.
- It was at this time of intense sorrow and deep, deep passion that the little flock of Christ heard their Good Shepherd say: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, so love you one another.
- He is our Peace and our Hope; He is our Provider and Protector; He is Life and Light; He is Shepherd and Shield and in Him is Salvation, In Him are the words of eternal life for He alone can claim, 'I AM Alpha and Omega, and I will not share My glory with another.
- Zechariah and Jeremiah bemoaned the idol shepherds that would scatter God's sheep and slaughter the little flock..
- and God Himself identified the rebellious and apostate nation of Israel as 'sheep without a shepherd'.
- Indeed the Lord God in His grace revealed Himself to David as the good Shepherd of Israel and promised that the coming Saviour would one day arise to shepherd His little flock in the strength of the Lord ..and in the majesty of the name of Almighty God.
- when the nation will finally have one Shepherd; Who will cause the people to walk in God's ordinances and keep His statutes - indeed Moses himself foretold that from Jacob would arise the Shepherd of God's people, and He would be the Stone of Israel.
- Here in Isaiah chapter 40 we hear of the promised Shepherd of Israel, Who will graciously tend His flock like a shepherd and gather the little lambs into His arm.
- The Shepherd of God's people is fully and finally revealed in the face of Jesus Christ - and the 66 chapters of Isaiah seem to be a beautiful unfolding of this never-ending story of GRACE.
- One very clear prophetic word of encouragement was that God would set over them one Shepherd.
- That good and great shepherd of the sheep was the one Who would be called Faithful and True.
- He will feed them Himself and they will be His people and He will be their eternal Shepherd.
- for as a shepherd who cares for His flock, it is Christ Who will shepherd His people Israel.
- Christ was the good Shepherd Who laid down His life for His sheep.
- Christ was that great Shepherd of the sheep and the sacrificial Lamb..
- The Lord Jesus is the good Shepherd of the sheep and He knows all the needs of His little flock.
- He was their good Shepherd, and He is our good Shepherd, Who has the words of eternal life within Himself..
- He is the great Shepherd of the sheep, Whose blood has sealed the eternal covenant, even Jesus Christ our Lord.
- He is the chief Shepherd, Who has promised us the unfading crown of glory at His coming, and He is our faithful Shepherd, Who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us.
- It is a heavenly life, that has been generously bestowed on all who trust their heavenly Shepherd.
- Will persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword separate us from our heavenly Shepherd? And the answer comes from the Word of truth as a resounding NO!
- He had come as the Shepherd of His people.
- He knew that they were lost sheep, without a caring Shepherd..
- Jesus came as the GOOD Shepherd to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and He led out as many as received Him from the Jewish sheepfold to join His other sheep – His gentile sheep.
- And there shall be one sheepfold and one GOOD Shepherd of the sheep – for there is now no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female for we are all one in Christ Jesus.
- Jesus brought peace to Jew and Gentile alike through the blood of the eternal covenant for our GREAT Shepherd of the sheep came to save all His people from their sins.
- And one day He will return as the CHIEF Shepherd and when He appears, all His sheep will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
- But a time of great tribulation, beyond this church age is coming, when a final and terrible thief will come and try to steal, kill and destroy both the people of God and His Anointed King – this is the time of Jacob’s Trouble, (see Revelation 6ff), when a Christ rejecting sinful world will experience the wrath of God – but we are not appointed to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ – our Saviour and Good Shepherd, Who will take us to the heavenly home He has prepared for all who love Him, so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
- The disciples had to finally come out of the sheep-fold of Israel to become part of the one new man in Christ - where there is one fold and one shepherd.
- The faithfulness, mercy, goodness, and grace of God are no less true today than during that time when David discovered the Lord was his Shepherd, Who gently leads him beside the still waters, faithfully guides him into the way of peace, guards him in the valley of the shadow and prepared a plentiful table of good things in the mists of all his enemies.
- David was justified when he was a young shepherd-boy, tending his father's sheep, but the more he discovered of the long-suffering, faithfulness of God the more his heart overflowed with thanksgiving and praise.
- He was the Good Shepherd of the sheep and the only Door of the sheepfold.
- Today, Israel is back in the land but multiple threats to wipe them off the face of the earth oppress them on every side, but a day is coming when they will dwell in their land in true peace and safety - a day when the true Shepherd of Israel will rescue the lost sheep of the house of Israel, as He promised.
- David the shepherd king of Israel, was described as a mighty and virtuous man, a man of battle, intelligent in word – and Jehovah was with him.
- David found out that God was his faithful Shepherd and strong Tower.
- I AM the Good Shepherd, to lead and guide, to feed and protect.
- What refreshment these simple words have bestowed on many little lambs, who have listened to the voice of their Good Shepherd – that Great Shepherd of the sheep, Who opens His arms wide, to embrace all who will trust in His name.
- So many of the sacred words that have been penned by Israel’s shepherd king are prayers that have been rehearsed on the lips of many saints, over centuries of time, who have found comfort and grace in his pleadings to the Lord.
- But there were other sheep in different sheep-folds for the good Shepherd to care for and so the Father also GAVE the same unique Son of His love, because He loved the world so much, that whosoever believes on His name, should not perish and be condemned, but have everlasting life and be forever free from condemnation.
- The beautiful figure of a good shepherd gently attending to the needs of his flock, feeding them; defending them; guiding them; protecting them and correcting them is pictured here, but how few enjoy the true benefits offered to this tiny flock, for most are only interested in earthly provision and temporal needs.
- But this little group of Jews were to be guided out of the sheep-fold of Israel to join the other sheep, under the care of that great Shepherd of the sheep – for this good Shepherd gave His life for all His sheep.
- The lives of both these kings were used by God to illustrate different aspects of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who like David, would shepherd His people Israel and like Solomon, will one day set up His eternal kingdom of peace and prosperity, to the praise of God and for the benefit of humankind.
- He bought us with a price, so God can rightfully declare, you are MINE. Indeed, He not only knows us each by name, but He also calls us by name, for He is the good Shepherd of the sheep, Who gave His life for His little flock.
- And He cares for each situational barb that wounds our soul so deeply, like a shepherd cares for his straying sheep.
- God continued for centuries to unveil His name, His character and His attributes to His people Israel, who were to discover the Lord to be their Banner; their Healer their Peace; their Shepherd; their Rock; their Redeemer and their King, but eventually God gave the greatest revelation of Himself through the Person and work of His only begotten Son - Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Jesus completed God's gracious revelation to mankind in many different ways, but perhaps the most memorable ways that Christ unveiled God's name; God's character and God's attributes was when He said: I AM the good Shepherd; I AM the Vine and I AM the Door.
- David was chosen by God to be the king of Israel, who would shepherd and care for His people.
- God in His grace had slowly and beautifully unveiled Himself to His creation as our Father and Lord - our Provider and Peace, and He revealed Himself as our Healer and Helper - our Shepherd and Shield.
- he did not attempt to give particular details of the specific doctrinal errors of these false teachings to those in his care. Paul simply taught biblical truth - commanding those that were shepherds to speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.
- It was by divine design that this Psalm so beautifully describes the Lord God as our great and caring Shepherd, for although it is often used as great comfort at a time of death or bereavement - it is equally a Psalm that points to the Lord Jesus Christ as our sustenance and support in every season of our lives.
- For the Lord is our Provider and Peace; the Lord is our Strength and Stay: the Lord is our Righteousness and our Reward - the Lord is our Sanctuary and our Shepherd.
- It was by divine design that David personalised this Psalm to read: the Lord is MY Shepherd.
- He is indeed your Shepherd and He is our Shepherd and He is the Shepherd of all that love and trust Jesus as Saviour, for we are the sheep of His pasture and none can pluck us out of His hands.
- But we can rightly say the Lord is MY Shepherd – for He is with each of us every step of the way, to lead and to comfort - to guard and to guide.
- It was by divine design that the Lord Jesus is so beautifully represented as a tender shepherd - the Good Shepherd Who gave His life for His sheep - the Great Shepherd Who loves His own with a deep compassion - the Chief Shepherd that rescues His scattered straying - stupid sheep and gives them life - eternal life... abundant life.
- Truly we can say in confidence: the Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.
- Indeed, the Lord chose David, the shepherd-boy of Israel, to be His servant.
- He took him from the sheepfold, and raised him up to shepherd Jacob, His people, and Israel His inheritance.
- And of David, who is a beautiful type of Jesus - the true Shepherd of Israel, we read: he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them with his skilful hands.
- By God's grace, may we seek to live our lives according to His Word, and for His greater praise and glory, as we reflect on His tender mercies and gracious patience - for He is our heavenly Shepherd and He is our eternal King, Who has promised to guide us in the way of righteousness and to uphold us with His gracious hand.
- This Psalm is no exception and covers many important biblical themes, promises, protection and truths. The Psalmist is David, the shepherd king of Israel, who rejoices that his hope and strength in the Lord.
- I am sure when Moses set out on his journey, with his shepherd's crook and flock of sheep, he did not expect to see a burning bush that was not consumed, nor be commissioned by the almighty God to rescue His people from Egypt.
- To David, He is revealed as our Shepherd..
- In times of weakness and weariness he ran for comfort into the loving arms of his faithful Shepherd and in times of spiritual thirst he cried, 'lead me to the Rock that is higher than I', for David had proved God’s faithfulness towards His people and that His everlasting mercy is new every morning.
- Jesus is the good Shepherd of the sheep, Who laid down His life for us, and just as the blood of the Passover lamb was smeared on the lintels of their house to cover Israel's sins and redeem them from Egyptian slavery, so the blood of Christ cleanses us from all wrongdoing and redeems us from the slavery of sin.
- He was to be born into the royal house of David – Israel’s great shepherd-shepherd king.
- They had discovered Him to be the good Shepherd, the Water of life - the Messiah of Israel and the living Bread..
- Jesus - the good Shepherd of the sheep.
- As Israel fell into apostasy, it is likely that the pot of manna and shepherd's rod became objects of worship, which would have devalued the significance of the Mercy Seat, which covered the broken Law, and all it meant for sinful man.
- David trusted God as a young shepherd boy.
- David was getting old when he penned these words, which have meant so much to so many, and in this middle section of this Psalm he changes from talking about his Shepherd, Who leads and guides him, feeds and waters him, protects and revives him..
- to addressing the Shepherd Himself: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
- David knew of the functional task of the shepherd's rod, which could stun or kill a ferocious beast that was attacking a vulnerable little lamb, while the staff was used to rescue his straying sheep and to count each one as they filed past the comforting shepherd's crook, and into the sheepfold for the night.
- The valley of the shadow of death becomes the pathway to life and peace to all Who follow the Good Shepherd..
- May the peace of God, which passes human understanding, guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus our Lord and may the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant..
- David discovered the Lord was his Tender Shepherd, Who laid down His life for the sheep, and Ezekiel worshiped the Righteous God - Whose name is JESUS, and all of us who run to Him as their Creator and Redeemer, discover Him to be our Perfect Peace, our Gracious Shepherd and our Everlasting Righteousness - and to myriads of men and women the Lord has proved Himself to be the Righteousness of God, in Christ - for God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God - in Christ.
- Christ is the good Shepherd.
- He is the great Shepherd.
- He is the chief Shepherd of the sheep, and pastor-teachers are called to be under- shepherds..
- He cares for us as a kindly Shepherd and tends for the needs of all His sheep.
- The Lord is our Shepherd and He is the shelter from the storm.
- Despite their ups and downs, faults and failings, there was a remnant in Israel that never failed to trust in the word of the Lord, and one such man was David, the shepherd-boy, who became king of God’s chosen people.
- Zechariah writes of the time when the true shepherd of Israel would be rejected and crucified, and gives a shocking chronicle of the consequences of His rejection.
- He speaks of the day when they will be delivered over into the hands of an idol shepherd - and Jerusalem will become a burdensome stone to all the people of the earth.
- the man after God's own heart, who was chosen as the shepherd-king of Israel.
- They had heard the astonishing claims of this Teacher, who swept aside the deeply entrenched traditional teachings of the elders by declaring “you have heard it said of old... but I say unto You…” and they were fully aware of His Messianic claims, as He proclaimed, ‘I am the Good Shepherd’ and ‘I am the door of the sheepfold’. ‘I am the Bread of Life that came down from heaven’ and ‘I am the Living Water’ that will refresh your weary souls – and come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you the Sabbath rest, that God promised you so long ago.
- Wise men had been supernaturally led to worship the new-born King and some simple shepherd had been told the glad tidings that a Saviour was born.
- He was sent by God to be the Good Shepherd of His people Israel, but He would be led as a lamb to the slaughter and would lay down His life for the sheep.
- The good Shepherd of the sheep is the One Who searched us out first, and convicted our heart of sin, of righteousness and of judgement.
- From beginning to end, David the shepherd king cries out in intense longing to God.
- The Messiah of Israel was God incarnate, and on this occasion He presented Himself as the good Shepherd, Who laid down His life for the sheep.
- Referring to Himself as the Shepherd of the sheep was a metaphor that was easy to understand during the time of Christ..
- for there had been many prophets, priests and kings in Israel's history, who were seen as shepherds to their people.
- Abraham, the father of faith was a shepherd as were Moses the prophet and David the king.
- Jesus contrasted His own position as good Shepherd, Who kept, protected and provided for the sheep..
- with the prideful Scribes and Pharisees whom He identified as false and evil shepherds of Israel, and whose wicked motives were rooted in hypocrisy, pride, unbelief and selfishness.
- Jesus used this analogy of lost, needy sheep and a good, faithful shepherd many times.
- He called the Jews: the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and described them as sheep without a shepherd.
- He promised that no one will pluck them out of His hand and He also explained that He had other sheep, who were outside the sheepfold of Israel - and that He would lead them out of one sheep-fold and into another - and there would be one fold and one Shepherd.
- In this passage we catch a glimpse of the approaching cross, where the good Shepherd will lay down His life for the sheep - and not only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel but also for His other sheep, which are outside the fold.
- Our good Shepherd is not only the One Who guards and guides, feeds and protects us, but He is also the sacrificial offering, Who laid down His life for the sheep.
- and prophets, priests and kings foretold of the coming good Shepherd of Israel who would also become the sacrificial offering for the sin of the whole world
- In the past it was an innocent, little lamb who died as a temporary covering for man's guilty sin- but here we read that it is the innocent Shepherd (God incarnate), Who lay down His sinless life for the lost and guilty sheep of the house of Israel - and not for them only, but for all lost and guilty sinners who will trust in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
- And although Micah was a prophet that wept and mourned for the sin of the nation and the coming destruction upon his people, he also was caused to rejoice, that God would once again be the good Shepherd of Israel - Who would wipe away every tear from their eye.
- It was Ezra the priest, who oversaw the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, which fulfilled a prophecy that had been given hundreds of years earlier, by Isaiah the prophet: Cyrus, is My shepherd, who shall perform all My pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, 'Thou shalt be built'; and to the temple, 'Thy foundation shall be laid'.
- For 40 years, Moses had been raised in Pharaoh's sumptuous palaces, before spending the next 40 years as a shepherd, in the barren deserts of Midian.
- We were are bought with a price – the precious blood of Christ Jesus our Lord, and the life we now live in the flesh is His life, for He is our Shepherd and we are the sheep of His pasture.
- He has promised to reinstate them and gather them together in His arms as a shepherd gathers His little lamb, or a Father - the son that he loves.
- The Lord Jesus is the express image of the invisible God and during His earthly ministry had been revealing the “I AM' of the Old Testament as the Good Shepherd; the Door of the sheepfold; the Light of the world; the Bread of life; the living Water; the Resurrection and the Way - the Truth and the Life - abundant life : eternal life - for in Him was life and His life is the light of all mankind.
- He knew He was about to be rejected and crucified but His plea continued to be towards the lost sheep of the house of Israel whom He would take out of the Jewish sheepfold and join together with His coming Gentile flock – so there would be one flock and one Shepherd.
- The Lord could easily have done all these great things, without informing David - but in His grace and love, and according to His knowledge and wisdom, the Lord shared this information with the shepherd king of Israel - who recognized the loving-kindness of his Creator - in giving him this information.
- Having been born in Bethlehem, eight days earlier, and worshipped by a little group of shepherds, the baby Jesus was brought to the Temple complex to be circumcised.
- This book paints a beautiful portrait of the never-ending love-story, Christ has for His Church and permits us a peep behind the scene of Solomon's household; the Shulamite woman he woos and the love she has for her absent shepherd-lover
- Abraham with Sarah; Isaac with Rebekah; Jacob with Rachel; Boaz with Ruth and the Shulamite woman with her beloved shepherd, are all precursors of Christ and the Church.
- Here in chapter 2 we find the beautiful, Shulamite woman reminiscing about a visit from her shepherd-lover, whom she adores so dearly.
- Two further interpretation portrays the Shulamite woman as the little faithful remnant of Israel, who stays true to her first love - the true Shepherd of Israel.
- the other sheep He has from a different sheepfold) while the latter pictures Jesus, as the absent Shepherd of Israel, who will one day return to the faithful little remnant of the lost sheep of the House of Israel.
- There are reminders for the Church that despite His long absence, the Lord Jesus - the Good Shepherd of the sheep, is coming soon to take us to be with Himself and we should yearn for His return as passionately as the Shulamite woman desires her shepherd.
- There are also reminders for Israel to turn from their idolatry, repent of their past sins and trust in God - and Jesus Christ, the true Shepherd of Israel, Whom He has sent.
- Half of the book details the birth and commissioning of Moses and his return to Egypt, following His 40 years' sojourn as a shepherd in Midian.
- He urged these overseers and pastors to shepherd the flock of God, which Christ Jesus had purchased with His own blood, lest they were led astray.
- This passage is one of the most poignant sections in Scripture, that describes Jesus as the true Shepherd of Israel, Who was betrayed for the price of a slave - (30 pieces of silver).
- Here, we read about the coming worthless shepherd, who abandons the flock of God, and justly deserves condemnation.
- Israel rejected the good and gracious Shepherd, Who was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, at His first coming.
- and yet there is coming a false and idol shepherd, who will come in another name, pretending that he is the Messiah..
- This is a prophecy, which was partially fulfilled at Christ's first coming, when the true Shepherd of Israel was rejected and crucified.
- However, the worthless and idol shepherd, who is the subject of this verse, is yet future.
- Zechariah gives a description of this worthless shepherd.
- How sad, that Israel rejected their true Shepherd, whilst accepting this worthless, counterfeit fellow.
- that the strength of this idol shepherd, will be terminated.
- And yet these same friends would abandon Him, deny Him or betray Him in a few brief hours, so that the scriptures might be fulfilled which was spoke off by the prophets: even my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who did eat of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me - for it is written: I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.
- They seemed to Him like sheep without a shepherd and appeared to be hungry for something.
- He is the promised Rest for the people of God, and He is the good Shepherd to a world of lost sheep, who will hear His voice.
- Jesus was Israel's Good Shepherd of the sheep.
- God granted their request and gave them Saul to be their king, but because of his disobedience God removed Israel's dashing but defiant king from Israel's throne, and chose David, a young shepherd-boy to become the nation's greatest ruler.
- He moved the hearts of kings and shepherds and touched the lives of wise men and townsfolk, in order to fulfil that which was spoken of by prophets of old.
- David, the shepherd king of Israel, gives the most beautiful and complete exhortation to bless the Lord for His grace and mercy, as he catalogues many unfathomable truths, within this simple and well-loved Psalm.
- It was obvious that some sort of health issue was causing his adversaries to gloat over David's incapacity... and as well as his restored health, this shepherd-king of Israel gave thanks to God, because the uncharitable gloating of David's enemies over his debilitating illness, had been halted.
- We are sheep following our Shepherd and the bride of our heavenly Bridegroom.
- our Shepherd and King; our Lord and our Life - our Way, our End and our God.
- God gradually revealed Himself more and more to mankind through the little nation of Israel – He cared for them as a Shepherd and adopted them as His son - He loved them as a caring Father and tenderly nurtured them as a devoted Husband.
- God has so often been portrayed as the faithful Shepherd of His people and in his prayer to the holy One of Israel, Micah is asking the Lord to continue to feed His flock, and to graciously shepherd His chosen people.
- Throughout their history God has faithfully watched over His people, tending to their needs and defending His little flock from many false and idol shepherds..
- The Lord in His grace has promised to feed His flock like a shepherd, and gather the little lambs into His loving arm.
- Yes the Lord is indeed the good and faithful Shepherd of His people - Who willingly gave His life for the sheep, and we discover Micah praying into these precious promises, on behalf of the nation of Israel.
- He came to His own people as the good and faithful Shepherd Who gives His life for the sheep.
- Jesus continues to be our great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant..
- He is the One Who brought us out of darkness into His glorious light and Jesus is our wonderful chief Shepherd Who has promised us the unfading crown of glory..
- Christ is not only the good Shepherd of Israel, but He is our good and great Shepherd as well.
- And they were also exhorted to: shepherd the Body of Christ, which is the Church - reminding them, (and us) that we were purchased with His own precious blood, on Calvary's cross.
- Let us pray for those that are overseers in local churches and shepherds in the Body of Christ today, that each one may take to heart this important command to be on their guard for their own spiritual well-being, and to take responsibility for protecting all the flock of God with sound doctrine and a disciplined life..
- He is the mighty sovereign Ruler of the universe and great Creator of all – Who is enthroned above the cherubim and yet He is our good and gracious Shepherd Who leads us beside still waters, restores our soul, guides us into the way of righteousness and is our ever-present help as we travel through the valley of the shadow of death.
- The rebellions and complaining nation needed to be reminded of WHO God is and that their God was the all-powerful Creator; the generous Provider; their strong Tower and Shepherd; their Peace and their Defender - their ever-present help in time of trouble.
- It identifies the Messiah as the true Shepherd of Israel; speaks of His rejection and betrayal... and foretells of Israel's acceptance of a worthless, idol shepherd, who will rob and slay God's people - during a time of great tribulation.
- Their eyes will be opened and their hearts will be grieved over their national sin and many prophetic Scriptures will become crystal clear, as they welcome back their True Shepherd of the sheep - the Good Shepherd of Israel, Who lay down His life for His people.
- These beautiful words are from the Psalm that has comforted countless millions of weary souls since the time of Israel's shepherd king -David.
- These wonderful words have not lost any of their deep impact in these difficult days we all face, but their significance has been magnified and multiplied as we reflect upon these great words of comfort in the face of Jesus, Who has become our own good Shepherd of the sheep and Who has lead us into the way of everlasting grace, peace and righteousness.
- Our great Shepherd of the sheep will not lose one of us, however much we stray from Him, for we are protected in the powerful palm of His pierced hand and we are covered by the caring love of His Father. If restoration and protection depended on me, I would be neither restored nor protected - but my restoration and protection is His promise to me, as it is to you, as well.
- David identified Him as the Good Shepherd, while Micah described Him as the One Whose going forth is of old - from everlasting to everlasting.
- Our good and faithful Shepherd gently leads and guides the sheep of His pasture in the best way that each of us should go.
- When we have a heavenly Shepherd that supplies all our needs how foolish to seek out the stagnant pools and broken cisterns of that tis world supplies, and how careless to become engulfed in the floods of fancy that knock on our doors or become embroiled in the whirlpools of life's disasters.
- Let us keep our eyes on Jesus our good Shepherd who restores my soul by making me to lie down in green pastures and gently leads me beside his waters of stillness - for His names sake.
- Jesus is the great shepherd of the sheep and Jesus is the good Shepherd Who gives His life for the sheep.
- He is the only Shepherd Who remains faithful unto our lives end - and Jesus is my Shepherd and He is your Shepherd too.
- We can rely on our good shepherd.
- We can trust our great and gracious Shepherd.
- We can abide in our faithful Shepherd, and lie down in the green pastures to which He leads us in safety, for even when our life-journey is fraught with difficulties and hardship, we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
- The God of Peace started to unveil Himself as The Lord our Peace to the frightened Gideon and He expanded this understanding to David the shepherd-king, who discovered His Lord was One that gently led him beside still and peaceful waters.
- Paul understood that the shed blood of the holy Lamb of God - that great Shepherd of the sheep, knocked down the middle wall of partition and tore the curtain of separation from top to bottom, so that we who believe on Him may be comforted by our great God of peace - Who has equipped us in every good thing to do His will.
- God knew that David, the shepherd-boy from Bethlehem, was a man after His own heart, and so Samuel was sent to anoint the youngest son of Jesse, in Saul's place.
- He is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession and He is the chief Shepherd of the flock.
- or will they have to endure the blistering sun beating down on their parched lips, and emaciated bodies... for the Lamb in the centre of the throne will be their Shepherd.
- Praise God that they receive witness to the truth of His Word, during the great tribulation, and choose to believe in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and life everlasting. Jesus is the good Shepherd of Israel and He is the great shepherd of all His sheep. Jesus became our good and gentle Shepherd, when we trusted Him as Saviour, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.
- As Christians there are many beautiful descriptions of our precious relationship with our Lord: He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep, He is our Father and we are His children - He is the Vine and we are the branches and every aspect of our relationship with Him displays a total dependence upon Him.
- Many had heard of the angelic message, which was given to the shepherd: TODAY in the city of David is born a Saviour, Who is Christ the Lord, they were told.
- This glorious message was given to a rag-tag band of simple shepherds, by a heavenly angel.
- Indeed, the religious leaders quickly supplied the correct answer from their holy Scriptures - In Bethlehem of Judea, they proudly announced, for this is what has been written by the prophet, Micah: 'and you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the princes of Judah; for out of you shall come forth a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.
- Why did they dismiss the supernatural testimony of the shepherds, who had hurried to Bethlehem to see this wonderful thing that had come to pass, which the Lord has made known to them..
- So WHY did these religious priests and Pharisees ignore the shepherd's testimony, the enquiry of the wise men, the fulfilment of Micah's prophecy, the proclamations of Zechariah, the songs of Simeon, the old priest and Anna, the aged widow woman, both of whom rejoiced publicly - and took the baby Jesus in heir arms and blessed Him, at His dedication in the Temple of God?
- God chose shepherds and kings; fishermen and farmers; tax-collectors and priests..
- The seed of the woman in Genesis, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the shepherd King of David and the suffering servant of Isaiah.
- I appeal to you elders, as a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed - to shepherd the flock of God among you.
- Because of their new birth and position in Christ, their future inheritance, their identification with Christ's holiness and their Christian standing in the community, these elders in the Church are exhorted by Peter, to take care for their brothers and sisters in Christ, and to shepherd the people of God.
- Peter was one who had himself, followed the true Shepherd of Israel, and had heard Christ proclaim -I am the good Shepherd, Who laid down His life for the sheep.
- From being a little shepherd boy on the Bethlehem hills, David demonstrated a life dedicated to the Lord.
- Peter was not only forgiven of all his sins, but re-commissioned by the risen Lord Jesus Christ, to be His chief apostle - who would feed His sheep, shepherd His lambs..
- David however learned from his youth to quickly get his eyes off his enemies and to keep His focus on Jesus - the God of heaven and earth, Who alone was his shield and buckler and Who alone was his shepherd and the lifter up of his head.
- He had taught them that He was the Light of the world; the good Shepherd of the sheep; the living Bread and the life-giving water.
- He was Peace to Gideon; He was Shepherd to David, He came in a still small voice to Elijah while Hagar was comforted by the One who sees all things.
- The shepherd king of Israel is deeply affected, by the overarching supremacy of God, over the conception and formation of a new little human being.
- He promised to feed His flock like a shepherd, and gather the little lambs into His own arms.
- These words of Isaiah were indeed good tidings of great joy to the little, faithful remnant of Israel, but they are words of great comfort and succour to all who are weary and heavy-laden - both Jew and Gentile alike, for He sent Jesus to be the good Shepherd of the sheep, the Door of the sheepfold - the Way, the Truth, the Life and the Light to all who would trust in His name, for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
- Just before God was to finally shepherd His people into the land of Canaan, Moses reminded the Israelites of the character and attributes..
- Jesus is the One that is the Author and Finisher of our faith, our great high priest - our shepherd and king.
- What a glorious sight those shepherds must have encountered, that night, when the angel of the Lord suddenly appeared before them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them - as they tended their little flock of sheep, on those dark hills, encircling the little town of Bethlehem.
- What is more helpless than a little lamb or what is sillier that a straying sheep and yet we are the sheep of His pasture and we are His little lambs that need to be nurtured and protected by our good shepherd.
- Twice in this chapter the Lord identifies Himself as the Good Shepherd.
- The first time He is identified as the good shepherd of Israel.
- He leads the lost sheep of the house of Israel that hear His voice out of the sheepfold of Israel, for He is the door of the sheep-pen – and the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.
- But this great shepherd of Israel is our good shepherd too – for we the ‘other’ sheep that this good shepherd has that are not of the fold of Israel, and He lays down His life for us as well and in this beautiful passage we gain a little glimpse into Christ’s world-wide sheepfold that is the church – where believing Israel and believing gentiles are brought into one-fold with one shepherd –
- What is beautiful about our good shepherd is that He knows every one of His sheep - He knows all that are His own little flock.
- What a blessing that Jesus is our good shepherd and he knows us all so well.
- Our long suffering God Who strives with fallen man has opened a door of salvation, which invites all guilty sinners to look to Christ and live - but it can only be accessed by the Door of grace - through faith in Christ's sacrificial work at Calvary - and that Door is still open today, for Jesus is the Door and Jesus is the Way - and Jesus is the good Shepherd who is still seeking that which is lost.
- Amos was a simple shepherd from Tekoa, who was commissioned by the Lord to pronounce severe judgement on the surrounding nations and certain cities, which encircled God's chosen people.
- Little children and young people were being brought to the good Shepherd for His blessing..
- Never forget that the gentle Shepherd of the lost sheep of the house of Israel is God incarnate.
- Let us never forget Who the Lord Jesus Christ truly is - for He is the One who said: I AM - the good Shepherd, and I lay down My life for the sheep.
- Rather than seeking to avoid the child-training we receive from our heavenly Father or bemoaning the discipline we may receive from His hand, we would be wise to recognize God chastening rod as proof of our kinsmanship with our good Shepherd..
- Although he was sending written directives to the young pastor Timothy, on how to shepherd the flock of God that was under his care, we can all take to heart the wise instruction given here, on how to become a man or woman of God, so that we conduct ourselves in a manner that is honouring to the Lord and faithful to our position in Christ.
- Mary knew Isaiah's prophecy... that a virgin would conceive and bear a Son, Who would shepherd His people Israel.
- Jesus is our Good Shepherd, Who has said He would never leave us nor forsake us, no matter what situation we find ourselves in - no matter what difficult life-circumstances we face.
- And what a beautiful description Micah gives of the Lord Jesus, Who would arise and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord and in the majesty of God's powerful name.
- As both the root and stem of king David, the Lord Jesus alone is qualified to fulfil this eternal role as heavenly Shepherd of Israel, for we discover that a future adversary of the nation, will rise up in the end times - but he will be fully and finally defeated by Israel's Shepherd King and as promised to Abraham, David and His seed forever.
- who are eternally separated from their Creator God, ends in the eternal kingdom of the great Shepherd-King of Israel - the last Adam and federal head of a new creation of humanity, seated on the throne.
- The good Shepherd of the sheep continues to be the coming hope and consolation of Israel..
- We are to do the good things that He has prepared for us to do in His strength and power, knowing that He is a faithful God and His faithfulness is new every morning - and He will feed us like a shepherd and guide us through all the valleys of life.
- From Abel to Abraham, from Moses to David and from Amos to those men in the fields of Bethlehem, who were keeping watch over their flocks by night, we see God using shepherds, as an illustration of His loving-care, for the needs of His people, Whom He describes as little lambs and wandering sheep - who have been led astray by false, destructive and idol shepherds.
- He also uses the lowly shepherd as a beautiful picture of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who is the good and faithful shepherd of the sheep, Who sacrifices His life for the sake of the sheep.
- He is the great Shepherd of the sheep, Who cares for His flock - and gently leads those that are with young.
- Israel, have been led astray by many false and careless shepherd, over their difficult history.
- will be reunited with the good and faithful Shepherd of Israel.
- Their idol shepherds have led them astray and they have wandered about from land to land - from mountain to hill, and have forgotten their resting place.
- BUT the Lord is still their good Shepherd, and He will one day return from heaven, to lead them into green pastures.
- Israel's good and faithful Shepherd-King - Praise God for our own God and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- They had been separated in the physical realm from the good Shepherd yet were waiting together in obedience for the promised Comforter, Who was to come in the Person of the gentle Spirit of holiness.
- “Fear not', were the first words that were spoken by the angel of the Lord, who came upon an insignificant group of shepherds, when they were abiding in the fields one night, keeping watch over a flock of sheep - close to the little town of Bethlehem.
- Bethlehem was the city of David, through whom God had promised to send a Saviour, Who would shepherd His people Israel.
- God chose to reveal this wonderful news to a little group of simple shepherds, on a Judean hillside, who believed the prophecies of old and demonstrated steadfastness by faithfully tending this little flock of sheep.
- Some think these were animals that were destined to be sacrificed during the approaching Passover feast, but these humble shepherds, were ordained to be the first people to hear of the good news that Christ is born in Bethlehem, and worship the new-born King.
- Such was the enormity of that amazing message, which was given to those simple shepherds, on the Judean hills near Bethlehem, as they watched over their flocks by night, that glorious day when Christ was born..
- Just like a caring Shepherd is happy to find his lost sheep, so the Lord Jesus always rejoices when the straying sinner turns away from sin and back to Himself.
- Gideon found that 'The Lord is my Peace' - Jehovah-Shalom and David, who knew that Lord as his Shepherd, was also told that He is 'The LORD of Hosts'.
- But David was reminded of his humble beginning when God sent Samuel to anoint the next king of Israel... and David, the simple shepherd boy, who tended his father's sheep and protected them from a lion or a bear was chosen to become Israel's greatest king - through whom would be born the promised Messiah.
- Jesus is our Good Shepherd and knows us by name - just as we know Jesus as our Saviour God and gentle Shepherd.
- What a Shepherd!
- But the life of our good Shepherd was also willingly laid down because of His deep love for His sheep, His church, His body - His bride...
- Praise God that our good Shepherd knows us and loves us.
- He is our representative Man, our gracious Shepherd and the caring Overseer - (or Bishop) of our souls, Who teaches, trains, guides, chastens and protects.
- He reminds us that Jesus is also the good Shepherd of the sheep, Who not only laid down His life for us, but is the great Shepherd, and Bishop of our soul, Whom God raised from the dead, through the blood of the eternal covenant.
- You were continually straying and wandering away like sheep, he continues - but now you are returned unto the Shepherd, Who is also the Bishop or Overseer of your souls.
- For we were like sheep wandering far astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.
- It was David, the shepherd king who was moved by the splendour and majesty of God's handiwork to pen this hymn of praise to his Creator God.
- No doubt David also recognised the unmistakable signature of his faithful God, Who was the good Shepherd, Who provided all he needed, led him in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake, and promised a table of plentiful supply in the face of his bitter enemies.
- Jesus is our heavenly Shepherd Who came from His home above to gather all who would follow Him and believe on His name to become one-fold with one Shepherd.
- Jesus is our caring Shepherd Who guard and guides us, Who feeds us and tends us, Who protects us and loves us and Who intimately know each of His own, by name.
- Jesus is our good Shepherd Who gave His life that we might live.
- And His sheep hear His voice and hearing and recognizing the voice of our good, heavenly, caring Shepherd comes from listening to His voice attentively – hearing the Word of God repeatedly and trusting the truth of all that He says – trusting the gracious words that proceeds from the mouth our great Shepherd of the sheep, for He has promised that none shall pluck us out of His hand.
- And we must rest in His love and abide in His truth and obediently follow Him all the days of our life – and I will dwell in the house of my heavenly Shepherd forever.
- The Shepherd of Israel had come to gather the lost seep of the house of Israel into the sheep-pen of their Messiah.
- Jesus naturally started speaking to them the word of life, and proclaiming the good news of the gospel of God and the coming kingdom, for He knew that they were like sheep without a shepherd.
- and so we see in Isaiah's prophetic writings, numerous examples of tribes and nations, cities and all peoples, being warned of coming devastation and catastrophic ruin, before being promised a time of justice and righteousness, which will spring forth, when Christ is heralded as the coming Shepherd of Israel - and acknowledged as the eternal King of righteousness.
- We do not have a vague, impotent God, but one who is our good and great Shepherd, Who works on our behalf, Who guides our feet into the way of peace and Who Himself equips us for all that we need to carry out His plan and purpose in our lives.
- He was anointed by God to be a light to the Gentile nations, the good Shepherd of His chosen people and the glory of God's inheritance - Israel.
- and the son of man, that You should care for him? - and I am sure that both as a young shepherd boy and Israel's greatest king the psalmist often looked into the starry heavens and meditated on the astonishing reality that God created man in His own image and likeness - that God entrusted the dominion of the whole earth into the hands of man.
- The first few chapters of Ezra give details of the king's decree to rebuild the Temple and records the various preparations that were made, by leaders like Zerubbabel and Ezra, concerning the nation's return to Jerusalem -- God used this pagan king to be His shepherd, who would perform all His pleasure.
- He is the Bread of life and hidden Manna, the true Vine and the Tree of life; the good Shepherd and Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life - and by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created by Him and through Him and for Him.
- It should not be a position that is decided by a self-appointed committee but a person who has been divinely enabled, and is personally willing to undertake the responsibility to shepherd and care for the people of God..
- And yet this same Jesus Christ is perfect man, Who can pick us up out of the gutters of filthy sin and prideful self, and can cleanse and clean and no longer count our guilt and sin against us, but clothe us in His own righteousness; put a ring on our finger and a crown on our head and gently shepherd us into the presence of the Father – our most high and holy God.
- The red skies of evening would inform the shepherd of the warm and clement weather he was to enjoy on the morrow, while the ruby-red streaks of early morning light would warn the fisherfolk of stormy weather ahead.
- Jesus identified Himself as the good Shepherd of the sheep.
- No wonder the shepherd king of Israel started his hymn of reverential praise with the words, Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name
- To David God proved Himself to be his Shepherd.
- Over 100 years before he was born, Isaiah identified Cyrus, as God's servant and future shepherd, who would perform all God's pleasure.
- Cyrus did not worship the God of Israel, nor did he believe in Him, and yet God used this man to shepherd His people Israel, back to their native land.
- Indeed, there are crowns and rewards for teachers who shepherd the flock of God, bring others into a closer understanding of His word, and edify the body of Christ - through their desire to teach the truth of our wonderful Saviour.