You remember that remarkable saying, “Now every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians” — a strange thing, and yet in Egypt the shepherds found their shelter.
When they wanted food his prayer brought down the manna or the quails; when they needed drink it was his voice that made the rock burst forth with floods, or his rod that smote, and lo, the flinty rock gushed with torrents. Who has given this boon to each? His conflict and his victory too.". I began with Abel and I must conclude with Abel. The Father hath committed all power unto his Son. In my discussions with my sons, I focus on Jesus’ loving example—how he refused to stone the unfaithful woman, how he honored the offerings of the poor widow, how he showed love and grace to the woman, outcast and bleeding for over a decade, who only wanted to get close enough to touch his dusty hem. It’s obvious to him that Jesus would love something so soft and innocent—just as Jesus loves him.
All hail, thou Son of David! This is the very reason why thou art remembered. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. We read in the Acts that “the number of the names together were about one hundred and twenty.” “Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but I, the Son of Man, have not where to lay my head.” Herein is goodness, but the greatness is concealed. Let us delight to think of this greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life — only to take it up again. They shall all be made to go without the camp— leaving even Goshen to go into a wilderness because they must be alone with God, and they cannot worship him in a land full of idols.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arms and carry them in his bosom. Moses, like a shepherd, had to carry all the people in his bosom as God’s appointed messenger, and often did he find it a very weary load, so that he said, “I cannot bear the burden of this great people alone.” You have here a suggestive type of Jesus Christ, the leader of the separated Church. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Amen. With a high hand and with an outstretched arm, he fetches out his people from among men: plagues and marvels does he work, but he brings them all out. The desert his temptation knew, The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Not a dog dare move his tongue in all the land of Egypt without the permission of Joseph, and surely no enemy can forge a weapon against Christ’s Church here on earth. Did you ever notice that the same Shepherd who saves the lost, will curse the finally impenitent? …, 5001 North Oak Trafficway “I wonder what he’s thinking?” I asked my son. The prophecy in Ezekiel 34 not only removed the wicked overseers but established a new rule. “He just loves sheeps,” he replied, and I could hear the shrug in his voice. With Moses’ staff to lead the van they pass through the sea dry-shod, and come absolutely into the wilderness of separation, as, beloved, every heir of heaven is brought right out of Egypt, led through the Red Sea of Jesus Christ’s blood, baptized into Jesus, and brought out into the separated position in the wilderness. A second application containing comfort and warning too. A long time follower of Christ, Danielle lives with her husband in Michigan near her adult children and grandchildren. Now let the Christian who is not weary follow me in three NEW TESTAMENT DESCRIPTIONS. Jesus Christ, like Joseph, rules over the land of Egypt; but Joseph ruled for a special purpose. A proof of this you find at the thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel, sixteenth verse, “I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and I will bind up that which was broken, and I will strengthen that which was sick.” Inexpressibly comforting words to the broken, sick, needy, Christian! They must have starved in the years of famine, if his prescient eye had not foreseen the famine, and stored up the plenty of the seven previous years. This command I received from my Father” (John 10:11-18). He departed from all the joy and comfort of the house in which he was the recognized heir, both by his own purchase and his Father’s promise. And did not the Saviour stand just so while he was here below? Further down the page of sacred history we find another shepherd. Required fields are marked *. His face as he looks down on the sheep is suffused with compassion and care. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land.
“The Lord said unto my lord, sit thou on my right hand until thine enemies are made thy foot stool so that nothing happens now, but that which Jesus permits, ordains, and overrules. Thus have I been twenty years in thy house: I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle; and thou hast changed my wages ten times.,, Even more toil some than this was the life of our Saviour here below. Charles Haddon Spurgeon October 01, 1865 Notice this in Jacob, whom I introduced to you as the toiling shepherd; when he met with Esau, Esau wanted him to accept a guard to go with him, but he said, “My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.” Jesus, the good Shepherd, will not travel at such a rate as to overdrive the lambs. Our Lord Jesus Christ, out of the love which he bore us, left his Father’s house above, and came down to tabernacle among men. When will he wear this title? You will find in Hebrews xiii. The last type I mean to give you is David. Our own text runs thus, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd.” What next? The book of Ezekiel is a prophecy regarding shepherds and sheep. Your email address will not be published. By-and-by they advance to Pi-hahiroth with the Red Sea before them. He is there, the Shepherd to whom if we look we shall live, and live for ever. He has tender consideration for the poor and needy. First, turn to the tenth of John, there you find him described as the good Shepherd. "
The relationship of believers with Jesus Christ is that of sheep to a shepherd. 64. Abel is nothing like so complete and perfect a portrait of our own Lord Jesus, as other shepherds of whom we have to speak; but as we see him standing a shepherd and yet a sacrificing priest offering upon the altar a sacrifice of sweet smell unto God, we discern there at once the picture of our Lord, who brings before his Father a sacrifice of precious blood, to which Jehovah ever hath respect. As Lutherans in the U.S., they are more used to seeing the plain cross hanging in church, and I can tell it haunts them to see the body of Christ in agony. He saw fallen man at the foot of it, but he beheld a Covenant God at the top, while the angels of God ascending and descending upon his own person, as upon the divine road of communication by which prayer mounts, and mercy descends. Though while he was here below, he declared that he was not sent save to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, yet Israel was not gathered; yet Jesus lost not his reward, for the Gentile Church, the tender-eyed Leah, was his reward. “He being dead yet speaketh.” “The Lord said unto Cain, The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” Herein we have a blessed type of the Lord: his blood had a mighty tongue, and the import of its prevailing cry is not vengeance but mercy. This animated Bible story follows the story of Christmas. II. We shall see Jesus Christ under a yet more glorious type, for he shall reign from the river even unto the ends of the earth.
By calling himself the good shepherd, Jesus was establishing himself as the Savior and new leader of Israel. Out of five great types we begin with Abel, the shepherd slain. Danielle Bernock is an international, award-winning author, speaker, and coach who helps people embrace their value and heal their soul through the power of the love of God. He watched over all his sheep till he could give in as his last account, “Of all those whom thou hast given me I have lost none, but the son of perdition, that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.” His hair was wet with dew, and his locks with the drops of the night. Abel received divine witness to his righteousness, and Jesus obtained the same in the day of his resurrection; but fulness of other matter forbids us to linger. The devil said to him, “All these things will I give thee if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” The people would have taken him, we read, and made him a king, for he was naturally of royal race, but he refused. It is precious beyond all preciousness to stand at Jesus Christ’s altar, and to see him himself offered there as a whole burnt-offering acceptable unto God; to see him lying bleeding there as the slaughtered priest, and then to hear the voice of his blood speaking peace in our consciences, peace in the Church of God, peace between Jew and Gentile, peace between man and his offended Maker— speaking peace all down the ages of eternity for blood-washed man. “God hath sent me hither to save your souls alive this was Joseph’s own testimony. There they pitch their tents. But two thousand years ago, God became a man, the man Jesus. The barren fig tree was spared because the husbandman pleaded for it, and the intercession of Jesus Christ spares the lives of the unregenerate; and though they will be swept away with the besom of destruction when their iniquity is fully ripe, yet meanwhile they are spared because of the mediatorial sovereignty of the great Shepherd.
There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. Now Jesus Christ, our loving Shepherd, if he should forget those of us who are strong and in sound health, will be sure to recollect the sickly ones. We have forsaken it for good, never to go back again; and though the flesh sometimes falls a lusting and would fain go back to the old bondage, yet, under the guidance of our greater Shepherd, who leads his people far away from Mizraim’s polluted shore, we march onward by devious ways to the promised rest. I will shepherd the flock with justice… Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them and that they, the Israelites, are my people, declares the Sovereign Lord. This shepherd represents Jesus Christ, not at all as the others, but as King in the midst of his Church. OUR Lord Jesus is very frequently described as the shepherd of his people. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. Here is the good Shepherd: he healed their sicknesses and wept over their sins — here is goodness indeed. Can We Find Jesus in Every Book of the Bible? Let us extol and bless him. This command I received from my Father” (John 10:14-16). Look upon toiling Jacob and you see a representation of him of whom the text says, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd.” One other point of resemblance there is here, namely, that when Jacob had thus purchased to himself his spouse, and had received a reward for all his toil out of the flock which he himself tended, he then conducted both his family and his flock away from Laban. “Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength. There shall be no war with the Ammonites, no war anywhere; all enemies shall have been put beneath his feet, and the kings of the nations shall bow before him, and they that dwell in the wilderness shall lick the dust. When Jesus claimed to be the good shepherd, he called to anyone who would listen to his voice.
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