Today we give attention to “The Lord our shepherd.”
When you see the word “LORD” in the Old Testament it is God’s Name, “Jehovah,” derived from the Hebrew Word, “HAVAH” meaning “to be.” Or the “Existing One.”
The Name “Jehovah” tells us that we have a living, God. He is the God that is alive right now.
The Word “Shepherd.” means “to feed” or” to tend.” Of course that speaks of the Shepherd’s work. The word pastor is interchangeable and means simply to shepherd.
When the Lord Jesus is dealing with Peter in that searching passage near the end of John’s Gospel He tells Peter to, “feed my sheep.” John 21:16. The word “feed” is the verb form of the word for pastor. He was telling Peter to shepherd or pastor my sheep.
There are several more things that we need to see about the shepherd and his relationship to his sheep. We need to continually remember that we are using the ancient shepherd of the Holy Land to symbolize our wonderful Lord and Shepherd, Jesus...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
We have seen that sheep cannot take care of themselves. Sheep require more personal attention than any other class of livestock. The shepherd knew where the best pasture lands were and he led his sheep there. He knew where the good water was and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
As we look at this passage from the Old Testament prophets, we must be very clear that we are not confusing Israel and the local church. The church is not Israel and Israel is not the church. Both the civil and spiritual leaders of Israel were set...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
You can read the Bible from front to back but you will not find a more beautiful and blessed relationship than that of the shepherd to his sheep. It is this special relationship that God uses to describe His relationship with His people. In His...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
When we think of a shepherd we immediately think of the shepherd’s staff. How often, if ever do we see a shepherd illustrated without his trusted staff at his side? The staff was the shepherd’s closest companion and historically...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
What would our answer be if the Lord Jesus were here right now and asked you or I, “Lovest thou me?” “Do you love me?” What does it mean to love God? Maybe a better question would be: What place does God, what place does...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The spirit of that ancient shepherd of the Holy Land was very special. I am sure there were some shepherds that did not live up to the best standard of that spirit. That is true with any profession. But, what we deal with here is the spirit that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
This is the time of the year when there are a lot of young people graduating from High School and college. I believe that it is right that we think a bit about milestones in life. And with that, just what this life God has given us is all about.