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Like A Shepherd

October 10, 2011

Like A Shepherd

Throughout the Old Testament  are many prophecies  about the coming  of the Savior, Jesus Christ.     They were all recorded  thousands of years before  Jesus was born — just to prove to us  today  the power  of God Almighty  to keep His promise  of a real Savior.     God knew  that He would need  to make His case strong,  so that  His people  in the future  could have the confidence  they would need  to stay faithful.

For example,  God’s prophecy  in Isaiah 40:11  says about the Savior,

Like a shepherd  He will tend His flock,
In His arm  He will gather the lambs,
And carry them  in His bosom;
He will gently lead  the nursing ewes.

Here,  Jesus is compared to a good shepherd, tenderly caring for His flock.     The following New Testament verses are amongst other references that show the fulfillment of this prophecy.

John 10:11
I am the good shepherd;  the good shepherd  lays down  His life  for the sheep…

John 10:14
I am the good shepherd;  and I know My own,  and My own know Me.

John 14:18
I will not leave you  as orphans;  I will come to you.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you;  My peace I give to you;  not as the world gives,  do I give to you.     Let not your heart be troubled,  nor let it be fearful.

Matthew 28:20
Lo,  I am with you always,  even to the end  of the age.

All of these words of our Lord comfort and care for us  as we face our daily challenges.     Since it is proven that Jesus keeps His word,  we can trust these words.

This way of keeping His promises  is obviously  not  what the Jewish people were expecting,  as they looked for an earthly, majestic king  to defeat their Roman rulers.     They looked at Jesus as nothing but the “carpenter’s son”.     They had no clue as to how He had learned the Scriptures so well.     He sure had them baffled.     But, that’s how God works.     Isaiah 40:13-14  tells us,

Who has directed the Spirit  of the LORD,
Or  as His counselor  has informed Him?
With whom did  He consult  and who gave Him  understanding?
And who taught Him  in the path of justice  and taught  Him knowledge,
And informed Him  of the way of understanding?

People might be all puffed up with their supposed knowledge about God,  creation,  salvation,  heaven,  and hell,  but there isn’t a one who can tell God anything.     We don’t have the smarts or power  to figure out anything  that the Lord can or should do.     So,  we should not have the audacity to imagine how we would run this world.

Let us just take comfort in our Good Shepherd,  knowing that He is almighty,  and in His holiness,  He will surely keep His word  to care for us  and never leave us.     Our Good Shepherd  has given His life for us, and now we are assured of eternal life with Him.     With that promise in mind,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You do all things beautifully and miraculously well.     Help us to keep on looking to You  for all our needs.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18:30

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

O give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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