Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He takes me to lush pastures, he leads me to refreshing water. He restores my strength. He leads me down the right paths for the sake of his reputation. Even when I must walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff reassure me. Psalm 23.1-4
David wrote this psalm from his own experience. David was a shepherd who took care of his father’s flocks, 1 Samuel 16.11-13. He was well aware of the flock’s dependence on the shepherd.
Jesus described himself as the good shepherd in John 10. He takes his sheep and helps them to find pasture, verse 9. He also lays down his life for his sheep, verse 11.
Jesus knows his own. They are the ones who listen to his voice and follow him. He will care for them and save them. Are you a part of his flock?
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From the vantage point of the Lord (Ezekiel 34:16), those who call themselves or are identified as shepherds, but fail to do the job commissioned by the Lord are men who will face the Lord in judgment; this will not be a good “day” for them! This is not the kind of shepherd one wants to be associated with.
In the New Testament shepherds are identified with the words: bishops, overseers, presbyter, and/or pastors. They are never once identified with the word “preacher” or “minister.” Certainly, in one respect, the shepherd is a preacher and a minister, but as the word is used today in a religious context, the biblical “pastor” was not the preacher, but one (male) elder who served alongside other men who were also elders in a single congregation of people. That is why, in the New Testament, there is a plurality of elders (or bishops, pastors, etc.) in each congregation. This simple plan of God, isn’t it a good plan to stay with? With this, isn’t this something to be associated?
Richard H. has a great post on his “AlmaBlog” — is today the 19th? — just out today. He’s too modest, so he’ll probably not mention it here. Title, “Since Jesus is Lord, Then …”