The Lord is My Shepherd

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Jeremiah 23:1-6

Psalm 23

Ephesians 2:11-22

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not wantKJV

When the Son of God came to earth 2,000 years ago to be the Son of Man, he also became the Good Shepherd. Good in the sense that he did not fail God, not in the sense that he was able to cure everyone. That cure could only be accomplished with his death.

God gave a message to Jeremiah that was a condemnation of the shepherds of the day. The kings, governors, even the prophets were doing evil and encouraging the people to do evil. Leading others into evil is a great sin.

Today, many pastors and priests stand condemned by the words of God through Jeremiah. Yet, we all have a share in that condemnation. Each of us has followers that we mislead, at least occasionally. My children survived my parenting, but not unscathed. Students often wished for a better teacher. The needs of fellow workers were too often ignored. Worst of all, in my search for the Truth of God, I too often follow the vain of fool’s gold.

Jesus gave us a pattern to follow in the shepherding business. Slipping away to rest, Jesus faced people who followed him even to a far place. Instead of resting, he met their needs.

Being a keeper of sheep in Jesus’ day was not a job, it was a life. The shepherd spent the entire summer watching his herd, sleeping in cat naps, often while standing. If a rock holding pen was close, he led them in, sleeping in the opening to defend them from wolves and lions. In the winter, he could take a day every few weeks to visit family and share the night guard duties with other shepherds the rest of the time.

That is what it means to follow Jesus. We prefer to take a day every once in a while to do something for God; that is backwards. Every person I meet gives me an opportunity to be a shepherd, though often it is a chance for me to be the sheep.

At work, at play, watch for the needs and meet the needs.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

 

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