“If sheep do not have the constant care of a shepherd, they will go the wrong way, unaware of the dangers at hand. They have been known to nibble themselves right off the side of a mountain. And so, because sheep are sheep, they need shepherds to care for them. The welfare of sheep depends solely upon the care they get from their shepherd. Therefore, the better the shepherd, the healthier the sheep.” – Kay Arthur
JEHOVAH ROHI- Jehovah Ra’ah
“The better the shepherd the healthier the sheep.” What a great statement, and how true is it!
Have you ever noticed how we as a people tend to emphasize the importance of a certain class, OVER the teacher of that class? I can remember all through out High School and College being consumed with “what class we were taking”, and rarely ever caring about who the class was with. The teacher was irrelevant. We never took classes solely because the teacher was GREAT or qualified to teach, the classes were REQUIRED and these required classes took precedent over the teacher’s ability or qualifications. A thought just hit me as I write this, I wonder what would happen to our school systems if the students and the parents were able to “rate” their teachers like we do businesses on YELP!, would our teaching and school system improve? Probably!
Today we are going to study the name Jehovah Rohi ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’. Jehovah God isn’t just our leader or ‘teacher’ and Christianity isn’t just “another class” or religion… Jehovah Rohi is our Shepherd, our GOOD Shepherd, He leads us out of harms way and guides us to restful pastures. He is as ‘GOOD’ a teacher as they get!
“My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.” Jeremiah 50:6
“I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered–with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.” Ez 20:34
“I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” Ez 34:16
GPS: Global Positioning System… or Greatest Possible Shepherd!
Oh how we trust our GPS’s to get us through our day and to where we are going! With a simple 123 xyz, you can get to just about anywhere! Not only do programmers make road maps via land charted terrain, they have made satellite maps and maps taken by actual physical pictures. Thanks to these GPS devices, being late because someone “got lost”, has become a passé excuse!
Did you know that the Bible doesn’t just refer to the Lord as one who keeps us from getting lost, but it actually refers to Him as “the one who keeps us from getting lost AND leads us to greener pastures”? The Lord doesn’t just want us safe… He wants us well fed, free from fear, and ‘tended to’. He is Jehovah Rohi a GOOD and KIND friend.
Far better than a GPS, the Lord is our Greatest Possible Shepherd. Not only does He lead us to our destination in the most direct and safest way, He cares for us along the way and takes us to a place of rest. Were a standard GPS will lead us to wherever we want to go, our Lord as a Good Shepherd will lead us to where He sees a future of REST for us, we simply need to follow!
The Grand Canyon is but a dot on this Satellite map
GOD, A Big Picture Thinker
A few days ago, as I was on an over pass driving along the freeway I noticed a church in the distance. It was amazing to me how from my vantage point I could see the WHOLE church. I have driven by that church many times on its main street, and it was always too big to see in its entirety, on surface streets I had always been able to see the front door and the steeple but not much more. However up on the overpass looking at it from above, I was able to see the church as a whole. It was at this time that I began to think, “You know what… I bet God is a BIG picture thinker.”
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?… Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” Isaiah 40:11-12, 28
Our Good Lord sees the BIG picture. He is both Omnipotent and Omnipresent and therefore can see the end as well as the beginning. Just like when I was on that overpass and I could see the entirety of a massive church, and it seemed small, so too can God see the entire span of time and all the planets and the entire earth laid out before Him.
It is easier for me to understand Our Father’s abilities to see the “Big Picture” since that brief drive-by moment in time, and upon studying the various names of the Lord. It is comforting to me to know that Our Father doesn’t just look into all our lives in general, but specifically. He looks into my life as an individual and He can see exactly where and how I need to go to get to the greenest pasture. He is my friend and Shepherd; He is my Jehovah Adonai Master, He is my Jehovah Qadash Sanctifier, He is my Elohiym Almighty… He is MINE and I am HIS, amen!
If you desire the Lord to become “yours”, and desire to live a life ‘put to pasture’ by Our Heavenly Father simply pray to Him through acknowledging Him and His Son Jesus Christ.
“Father God, I can see now that you hold the Universe in Your hands. I understand that You can see me right where I am at. I WANT greener pastures Lord, I want You to lead me to peace and comfort for my soul. Show me the way Lord, show me where I need to go next. In Your Son Jesus’ name… AMEN!”
- The word ra’ah or “Shepherd” appears 173 times in the Old Testament
- Ra’ah appears as: feed (75), shepherd (63), pastor (8), herdmen (7), keep (3), companion (2), broken (1), company (1), devour (1), eat (1), entreateth (1), misc (10)
- Ra’ah first appears in Gen 4:2, and lastly appears in Zec 13:7
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