God as Shepherd
The lord id MY Shepherd:
Rod and Staff: God uses them to guide, to teach, to protect.
The term šēḇeṭ is often used to indicate the common walking stick that can also function as a weapon (Lev.
27:32; 2 S. 23:21; 2 Ch.
It was also used as a standard to identify military commanders marching in battle (Jgs.
In the rhábdos is usually the simple walking stick used by the disciples (Mt.
10:10; Mk. 6:8; Lk. 9:3), but in Rev. 11:1 it refers to a long, bamboo-like cane used for measuring purposes (cf.
See also Rod; Scepter.
1: God will care for me.
GOD DOES CARE FOR ME
David “Discovered this” by being a shepherd himself
As he meditated on his job and what sheep required , he learned how to care for people.
, and how God cared for him.
The shepherd was personally responsible for the sheep.
If a sheep was lost the shepherd must at least bring home the fleece to show how it had died.
These shepherds were experts at tracking and could follow the straying sheep’s footprints for miles across the hills.
ROD and Staff
Oil and Table
THE GUARDIAN AT THE GATE
John 10:1–17 (NIV84)
“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.
The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.
He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
“I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep.
So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away.
Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.
I must bring them also.
They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.
JESUS TAKES THE IMAGERY HIGHER.
HE POSITIONS HIMSELF BETWEEN US AN HARM.
The promise of knowing the way
We know the voice, the familiar voice, like the narrative we spoke about last week in
PROTECTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Jesus is our Guardian and our Gate
Jesus is our Guardian and our Guide
We lie down in green pasture because he lies at the gate, guarding us