GOOD SHEPHERD JESUS

jesus2The Lord God YAHWEH is our Good Shepherd so Jehovah Jireh our Great Provider through Christ, supplies all our needs in Christ Jesus according to His Riches in Glory from Heaven. God helps us find food, water, work, love, friends and all that we need. Christ protects us from evil so gently directs our steps firmly in line on way of life set down in the Bible. Be confident, assured God’s incredible guarantee fully covers all areas of life here and beyond infinity into eternity. God is more than enough so everything believers need is in God through Christ.
I shall not want because the earth is the Lord’s. God owns all the silver and gold, and cattle on a thousand hills. God is the powerful creator and owner of all the inverse and the galaxies. This statement I shall not lack any good thing. This means I have all I need within the will, plans and purposes of God for my life. I have everything because my father God the RICHEST MAN IN HEAVEN AND EARTH is my father and shepherd.  I may not have all at once but surely God will make sure I am cared for, loved, and provided in Jesus Name. This powerful prayer affirms Divine Nature of Goodness of God’s abundance at my disposal.  I AM is my source of provision.shepherd2He makes me to lie down in green pastures essential to supply grass and nutrients for grazing.  God provides all food needed as God takes care of me to provide nourishment for my body, mind soul. I lie down rest, relax comfortably, because my creator God makes available in advance all I need in life. I do not fret, worry, toil to cost arm and leg by own wisdom. I do not lean on own schemes, devices but trust God to make way for me if there is no way in Jesus Name. God’s grace, will, mercy sustains me with health, money, friends, family, respect, love and all I need.

God leads me besides clear waters like tree planted beside water rooted and grounded in God. Christ the living water provides great lifestyle, health, wholesome nutrition planned inbuilt inheritance from God my Diet Chef Provider. God leads y Divine connection into green pastures in the psalm.  The still waters represent peace, love, harmony and beauty. God is in control of elect’s life so expressly meets needs in prayer known in advance. If I ask, seek and knock in Jesus Name, I am fully assured of God’s goodness looking out for my best interest. Things do not control my life because God ensures I have the best start in life and a glorious future. Christ gave His life as a sacrifice ransomed for many so looks out for the lost sheep to save them.

He restores my soul when treated like black sheep of family, workplace, among colleagues, in laws and neighbours. When feeling traumatized, abandoned, rejected, left out, mocked, ridiculed, in valley, completely floored, God rescues, picks up, restores life, health, joy, cheers up, encourages to lean on him. Rejoice exceeding glad during challenges for great is your reward in heaven because He loves you.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his namesake when off the rail and gone off track. Jesus heals after retracing lost steps, brings back into the fold. So cannot depend on own thinking alone to succeed in life for you need Christ’s Wisdom so turn to God. Christ reassures by leading in directions of righteousness, paths wholesome, and full of integrity. Jesus The Good Shepherd rescues and cares for all sheep who know His Voice.

black-in-whiteThough I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.  Healing or restoration by God still with us in the valley of the shadow of death, comforting us through the Holy Spirit. It important to keep eyes on Jesus the Lily of the valley for there is light at the end of the tunnel. Difficulty in life is under the blood of Jesus Christ. For the Lord is with believers through the water and the fire. Self-forgiveness and others is needed to deal with past issues for some health conditions to be corrected. Understanding root causes of problems brings healing in some cases. In parable of 100 sheep Jesus leaves behind the 99 sheep safely then goes to risk his life to save the 1 lost sheep to rescue and bring back into the fold. Jesus sacrificed His Life to save all precious lost sheep picked on to bring them safely into God’s Kingdom.

Snap15Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. A shepherd carries a rod and a staff to guide the sheep and to ward off wolves or predators that would harm the sheep.  God’s Rod and  Staff prods makes way for my good. God’s protection key is Christ who keeps believers on the path of life. God’s rod and staff are emblems and symbols reminding us of God’s Presence and Power surrounding us at all times. God’s comfort in Christ cares for believers for God loves us. Jesus lifts and raises up on His Shoulders to stand on mountains and walk on stormy seas. He frees my soul from captivity, returns double portion blessing profit. As a believer I am comforted and encouraged in God like King David who received back with interest all taken by enemy is restored.

053Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies who always persecute whenever a great door opens there are adversaries.  This is because the enemy of God does not want people to be saved out of his hands to receive the glorious light of the Gospel. The enemy who deceived Adam and Eve is still actively busier than ever before knowing his time is short. The devil tries to pave the road to hell with good intentions, manipulating to pre-occupy to distract from God’s narrow path. Life is a spiritual battle with enemies encountered who do not want you to continue in faith in God’s Kingdom. Yet the Almighty God with us is bigger than all enemies put together for if God be for us who can be against us in Jesus Name. God sets a banquet fit for a king’s table or feast spread before you in presence of enemies.  God is wonderful indeed so ensure well fed on His nutritional supply to nourish the believers body to keep alive toi praise God to defeat enemies.

Thou anoints my head with oil to protect and preserve the chosen sheep of God. Anointing the head with oil is practised since the bible times to honour and dignify a person. So God feeds and cared in the presence of enemies and honour for deep respect. Therefore, a people you do not know will obey and honour you including enemies. For if a man’s ways please God, He makes His enemies be at peace with Him so God restores us back to God’s perfection. So you will not die but live to declare the Goodness of God and Glory of God in the land of the living Jesus Name. So God defends and protects His interest invested in you for His Glory and Kingdom.  The believer’s body is God’s Temple cherished by God to accomplish His Mission as His ambassadors representing Christ.

My cup runs over,  means abundant ever overflowing more than enough as God’s conduit to share with others less fortunate. Blessed far more than  room enough to store to share. As a vessel of honour and  God’s channel given more than needed for personal use and ministry. An overflow to put God’s word in motion to sponsor Kingdom for God’s work to go forward. Overflowing cup means truly, loved, cared for beyond needs or wants. This blessing forms part of the covenant of Abraham descendants and wealth transfer for restoration through Christ to believers in Jesus Name. It is all about Jesus to sponsor the Gospel with God’s wealth to win more souls into the Kingdom of God. God ensures you live your best life now. God provides the best quality meals daily right in front of the enemies who can’t stand you and wished you dead. Since the dead do not praise God, God ensures He feeds very well so you will live to praise Him. God the good shepherd and guide, protects and helps in ways you cannot imagine in Jesus Name.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days of my life  means God’s Goodness and Mercy shall follow me wherever I go and whatever I do every where I go under God’s Divine Protection Cover with the Name and Blood of Jesus Christ. Even when we make mistakes God’s mercy endures through Jesus Christ who removes all handwriting of ordinances against us and contrary to us out of our way and nail it to the cross in Jesus Name. For they are new every morning because of Jesus Christ.  Lord our Shepherd,  Guide, Overseer, Master, forgives and washes by His Blood sins as white as snow. God forgives on all levels so we forgive ourselves through Christ, spiritually, physically. Rest, eat healthy, emotionally transformed and renewing our minds ensure we leave all baggage at the feet of the cross of Jesus.I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever  means to acknowledge God as Head of our homes, and be in the House of the Lord to fellowship with believers. God says whenever 2 or 3 are gathered in His Name He is in our midst. So our ‘spiritual house’ our body as God’s Temple focuses on God through Christ first. As a result, all thoughts, will, decisions, plans, goals, ambitions, must be within the will of God. By abiding in God’s will, embracing and following God faithfully we please God by our actions. The power of prayer blesses millions of people over three  thousands years.  It is a profound process gone through as they heal at deep levels. If this prayer seems helpful for you, use it often and learn to appreciate God when you truly embrace the concept. God preserves and rescues life in spite of challenges faced as video shows sheep rescued in Iceland as follows in video:-

Though we read in Psalm 23 that the LORD is our shepherd who leads us to green pastures and quiet waters, that may not always seem true for you in your life now. Things of God are spiritually discerned calling those things that be not as though they were. God says let the poor say I say rich and let the weak say I am strong. God is Good all the time, all the time God is a Good Shepherd, who provide so defeats enemy by testimony and blood of the Lamb. As a lost sheep is rescued and brought safely home to join and reunite with others so does Jesus Rescue every single lost soul back to God. No matter how frozen life feels at times, God’s Spirit alive in deep snow buried there with you in the moment. Though you may feel cold and hungry from starvation while in the snow waiting to be rescued you, appreciate God kept you alive

“I am the good shepherd.”  (John 10:11, 14)
Bible prophecy about the coming of the Messiah prepares us to think of Him as a Shepherd, just as we read in the book of Ezekiel:

“I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and He will tend them; He will tend them and be their shepherd.”  (Ezekiel 34:23)

Prophecies like this help us understand why the shepherds of Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago were told the good news about the coming of this one “Good Shepherd.”
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.’”  (Luke 2:8, 10–11)
But why do the prophets ask us to think of Messiah as our Good Shepherd?
Sheep herders in Israel (Photo by The Advocacy Project)
The shepherd is a prominent, meaningful metaphor in the Bible.
In fact, Adonai is referred to as a shepherd in Genesis 49:24 and Isaiah 40:11.  In the latter, God is described as a tender shepherd who cares for His people, the flock.
“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)
In Psalm 23, the Psalmist tells us that the Lord is our shepherd and He protects His flock from evil.
Why is God’s flock compared to sheep and not cattle, chickens, or horses?
Sheep are in need of leadership.  Without it, they wander off and are injured or killed.  Isaiah explains that we are “all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way”  (Isaiah 53:6).  This was just as true in his time, 700 years before the birth of Yeshua, as it is now.
It takes special qualities to be a shepherd of sheep and of people.  In ancient Israel, God often appointed those who demonstrated skill and wisdom in their leadership and care for their sheep with the privilege of leading God’s people.
Lamb (Photo by Mor)
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Why Shepherds Can Become Great Leaders
So many great Jewish leaders were shepherds.
God handpicked shepherds with a proven record of trustworthiness in caring for their sheep to be the patriarchs and first leaders of Israel, most notably Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and King David.
What is it about shepherds that they can slip so easily into a leadership role?
For one, shepherds have a lot of time to think as they watch over their animals. According to Rabbi Ken Spiro, time to think is a prerequisite for leadership.
“To elevate oneself to the highest level, where one transcends the physical reality and enters a higher dimension of communicating with the Infinite, requires a huge amount of work, and a lot of time to think.”  (Aish)
Spiro further highlights that shepherds have a great deal of practice managing large groups of living creatures.
“One of the great lessons that we need to learn from Jewish history is the difficulty and the challenges of unifying and trying to lead the most individualistic nation on earth.  Being a shepherd is good practice for this daunting task,” adds Spiro.
Although Moses was a prince of Egypt, and likely well-versed in the principles of Egyptian leadership, God prepared him for the task of leading the Israelites through a 40-year position as a shepherd.  It was likely very humbling, and humility is an important quality of a great leader.
Then, when he was ready, God appeared to him in the burning bush and ushered him into the role of leading the Israelites to freedom.
Moses at the Burning Bush (Bible Primer, 1919)
A Good King Praises His Good Shepherd
David was also a shepherd called by God to lead Israel.
David, who risked his life to protect his sheep from predators such as lions and bears, provides insight into the characteristics of a good shepherd in Psalm 23, which he penned:
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.”  (v. 1–3a)
David’s solitude as a shepherd helped him to deeply understand that God was his shepherd.  He understood that he was His sheep.  It is a touching metaphor.
Like sheep, we are totally dependent on our Shepherd to provide our sustenance.  The Shepherd is attentive to our needs.  When we enter the flock of the Good Shepherd, His very words feed our soul; His Spirit quenches our thirst, revealing to us mysteries that even the prophets and angels longed to know (1 Peter 1:1012).
“He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.”  (v. 3b)
David perhaps realizes his own restlessness, and as He turned to God trusting Him with his life, he rested in His faithfulness.
Like sheep, people are restless, prone to wander, always searching for greener grass, and too often oblivious to danger. Shepherds are watchful, keeping their flock safe from their own tendency to wander.  This protects them from dangerous terrain and waiting predators.
As well, shepherds would customarily create a sheepfold at night or enclosure topped by thorns to keep the sheep in and predators out.  They would sleep across the entrance becoming the door to the fold, effectively barring the entrance so predators could not creep up on them as they slept.
Israeli sheep feed in green pastures.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (v. 4)
When sheep do wander into dangerous circumstances, getting caught in a thicket, floating down a river, passing near a predator, the Shepherd uses his tools—the rod and staff—to defend, rescue, and bring his sheep back into his protection.
People likewise find themselves in perilous circumstances they never imagined or are unprepared for.  God never abandons us to face those challenges alone.
The rod, often considered a disciplinary tool, is in reality a weapon used to defend sheep by warding off predators.  The staff is used to hook a sheep’s neck or leg to redirect, hold, or nudge them—not to hurt them, but rather to keep them safe.
A popular myth would have us believe that shepherds in ancient Israel broke the leg of a sheep who wanders.  While the leg is healing, it is said that the sheep would become endeared to the shepherd as he nurtures them back to health, carrying the disabled sheep close to his heart.
In reality, it is highly impractical and counterproductive to break a sheep’s leg.  They can weigh up to 75 pounds, so carrying even one disabled sheep would handicap a shepherd, preventing him from adequately caring for his other sheep for several weeks.
Imagine if a shepherd were caring for multiple sheep in this condition!
Moreover, the sheep’s leg might not heal properly which would permanently handicap it from responding to predators.  Moreover, the sheep might associate the rod and staff with punishment, not comfort and protection, making a shepherd’s job much more difficult long term.
A Samaritan carries a sheep during Passover.
If shepherds in ancient Israel did disable their sheep, we would likely see it reflected in Jewish tradition.  What we see instead is this Midrash written almost 1,000 years ago about Moses as a shepherd:
“One day, a kid ran away from the flock under Moses’ care.  Moses chased after it, until it came to a spring and began to drink.  When Moses reached the kid he cried: ‘Oh, I did not know that you were thirsty!’  He cradled the runaway kid in his arms and carried it to the flock.  Said the Almighty: ‘You are merciful in tending sheep — you will tend My flock, the people of Israel.’”  (Shemot Rabbah 2:2)
The revered Lubavitcher Rebbe of the past century helps us understand the Biblical truth about shepherding:
“Moses realized that the kid did not run away from the flock out of malice or wickedness—it was merely thirsty. …  Only a shepherd who hastens not to judge the runaway kid, who is sensitive to the causes of its desertion, can mercifully lift it into his arms and bring it back home. (Chabad)
What an incredible lesson for us as well.
Before we judge and condemn our own sheep for what seems to be backsliding, rebellion, or lack of judgment, we have an opportunity to discover the reason for their action so we can more effectively lead them into greener pastures and quieter waters, not into a prison or hospital bed.
Isaiah (40:11) sums up our duties when he says a good shepherd “gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”
1955 Israeli stamp
As we continue to read through Psalm 23, the shepherd and king, writes:
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”  (v. 5a)
A shepherd will never betray his sheep by allowing him to be taken by a predator; instead, he will keep predators at bay while he leads his sheep to graze.  Though people will fail to protect us in this way or even lead us into danger, our Good Shepherd never does.
“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”  (v. 5b)
When sheep strayed and were injured, shepherds would use oil as a balm to help soothe the pain and heal the hurt. This gesture is also a symbol of lavish generosity and goodness on the part of a host.
In David’s case, this shepherd was eventually anointed with oil as king.
Likewise, although Yeshua is the King of Kings, He came as a humble shepherd.  When He returns, His exalted kingship will be evident to all.
But we can bring this lesson back to our own level, as well.  God can and does exalt even the most humble of people, much to the chagrin of those who despise them.
“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  (v. 6)
Sheep are the most precious and valuable asset a shepherd has; therefore, a good shepherd treats them as a treasure.
At great personal sacrifice, he is responsible for his flock throughout their lifespan, similar to nurses who watch over critically ill patients throughout the night, even after their 12-hour shift is finished to make sure their patients make it to their next treatment.
Likewise, Yeshua is such a Shepherd.  He will never abandon us, providing for us sacrificially.  He has even laid down His life for us.  (John 10)
David defends his flock from predators (DelightfulStories, 1888)
Selfish Shepherding
The Prophets Ezekiel and Zechariah confirm that God looks on leadership like shepherding.  He is so concerned that leaders take the responsibility of shepherding seriously that He abhors shepherds who fail to care for their flock:
“Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?  You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock.
“You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured.  You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost.  You have ruled them harshly and brutally.
“So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.” (Ezekiel 34:3–5)
But He also promises to send the Good Shepherd to care for His sheep:
“I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and He will tend them; He will tend them and be their shepherd.  I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them.  I the LORD have spoken.”  (Ezekiel 34:23–24)
This servant shepherd is Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah, who as promised came from the line of David(Micah 5:2).
Children visit the sheep in the pen at a kibbutz in Israel.  (Photo by Wanderlasss)
Yeshua:  The Good Shepherd
Yeshua came in fulfillment of God’s promise to send a good Shepherd to Israel.
In the period He was born, however, the shopkeeper and doctor had been raised up in social status while the religious leaders despised and mistrusted shepherds, officially condemning them as “sinners.”
Yet, Yeshua did not come to exalt Himself in the eyes of the religious establishment.  He fully understood His role as the Good Shepherd, coming humbly to “seek and save the lost”—His sheep (Luke 19:10).
Yeshua explained it this way:  “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.  Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders.”  (Luke 15:4–7)
The joy in finding what is lost but precious is further illustrated in the parable of the father who throws a grand banquet for his son after he returns home from a time of wandering.  No punishment.  No shaming.  Just pure joy.  (Luke 15:11–32; see also vv. 8–10)
A sheep in the flock (Photo by Wanderlasss)
Like a Good Shepherd, Yeshua has persistently called out to His scattered sheep who have not yet come under His care and protection as their Messiah.

And even though He first came to the Jewish People as the Shepherd King of Israel, Yeshua made it clear that some of His sheep are not Jewish:

“I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.”  (John 10:16; see also Deuteronomy 32:21; Zechariah 2:11; Isaiah 49:22, 62:6–7)
Certainly, in the last 2,000 years, we have seen a great number from the nations hear the call of Yeshua and accept Him as their Messiah.  And we understand thatwhen the fullness of the Gentiles is complete, all Israel will also be saved.
That prophetic time is not far off.  In the meantime, we are to care for the flock of the Shepherd of Israel.
Indeed, Yeshua instructed, “Feed My lambs. … Take care of My sheep. … Feed My sheep.”  (John 21:15–17)
And while we are caring for the sheep under our own watch—employees, students, patients, and children—we must continue to bless Israel.
“Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.”  (Psalm 28:9)
Please stand with us during this holiday season, as we bring the Good News of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) to the Jewish People here in Israel and around the world.

“You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain.  You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’”  (Isaiah 40:9)

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Comfort, comfort My people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”   (Isaiah 40:1–2)
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