“Look, the sovereign Lord comes as a victorious warrior;his military power establishes his rule.Look, his reward is with him; his prize goes before him. Like a shepherd he tends his flock; he gathers up the lambs with his arm; he carries them close to his heart; he leads the ewes along,” (Isaiah 40:10-11 NET).
One of Randal Matheny’s posts on “Quick Bible Truths” led me to this parallel from Isaiah.
The context of the passage begins with God telling Isaiah about how the way will be leveled (Isaiah 40:3-4). The Lord God has Isaiah write, “Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken,” (Isaiah 40:5 NASU).
Don Shackleford, in his commentary on the book, wrote, “This event signified the loss of divine protection for the wicked city (Jerusalem) and his comfort and care for his people.” While our good brother is correct, it means more.
The inspired writers of Matthew and Luke apply the scripture to the work of John the immerser and the coming of the Messiah (Matthew 3:3; Luke 3:4-6). Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd in John 10.
“He carries them close to his heart.” Ever think Jesus doesn’t love you? All you need do is draw closer to his tender breast. You know. It’s the one that was pierced for your sins.