Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Birth of a Shepherd

Good Shepherd
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Adonai (The Lord) is my shepherd; I lack nothing.

Psalm 23:1

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

           The motif of the shepherd is one that runs throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible.  Shepherding was a significant though not highly regarded occupation in those days.   Sheep were offered as sacrifice to God.  There are so many layers of the symbolism of sheep and shepherding in the Bible that it makes total sense that Jesus himself would be depicted as both the Good Shepherd and the Lamb of God.  
        Jesus is our King and our Shepherd.  He leads us and he rules us.   He is God as man and the God of mankind.   The duality of his nature becomes more evident as we study the prophecy of his coming, the story of his life, and the Good News of his resurrection and salvation.   The story of the Bible points to Jesus from the very beginning.

         When Jesus was born both kings and shepherds came to worship him and pay him tribute.  We too should pay tribute and worship our King, our shepherd, and our Savior.   In Jesus we have everything that ultimately matters.   

 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

Luke 2:15

King James Version (KJV)

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