Week 11: The Shepherd
- Genesis 44:18-47:27
- Ezekiel 37:15-28
- John 10:11-19
When the Lord is talking about being our Good Shepherd, this is not a playful story about animals. God speaks clearly that He came to be known by both Jews and Gentiles alike. The nations were always part of the plan of God. The authority that Jesus speaks of in John 10 is not the authority of someone else but His own.
Yeshua, as our Good Shepherd, instructs us that the sheep (Gentiles) will listen to His voice. Yeshua never wasted His words. Yeshua’s words held power and authority everywhere He went. The great historian Josephus even mentions the popularity, if we want call it that, of Yeshua while on the earth in Israel. Josephus also mentions how dedicated his followers were.
We find that Yeshua truly was in agreement and alignment with the Father the whole time. Yeshua was never out of step. Likewise, today we would do well to begin stepping in time with our Good Shepherd and begin listening to His voice. We need to make a conscious effort of implementing the Godly authority structure into our life.
Godly structure first starts with obeying the voice of God when He speaks. If you claim not to have heard the voice of God, ask Him to speak. If you have heard the voice of God in your life go back to the place where he spoke. You may have disobeyed or ignored His voice. Simply tell God your sorry for not paying attention. From that point ask Him to speak and then obey what He tells you to do.
“Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.” - Genesis 44:27
“My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children's children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” - Ezekiel 37:24-28
“I am the good shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father.” - John 10:14-18
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Am I listening to Yeshua’s voice?
▪ Have I received the charge from the Father like Yeshua did?
▪ How do I see the covenant of peace?
▪ How do I obey God rules and statutes?
▪ Do I understand what land it is that Ezekiel is referring to in 37:25?
▪ When God makes a way for me during the hard times, do I recognize his leading?