Nothing pictures God’s relationship with His people better than a shepherd and his sheep. The shepherd’s staff could have been Israel’s national symbol because the most familiar scene in Judea was a shepherd standing on a hillside tending his flock. God borrows this picture and applies it to Himself. 

 

For example, the prophet Isaiah says of Messiah. “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:11).

 

Jesus declared, “I AM the good shepherd,” not the good teacher, or the good psychologist, or the good moral leader, or even the good CEO. A shepherd is what we need most. 

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG