Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014 … Following The Good Shepherd

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 364

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in video of Marty Goeetz, our Messianic Jewish psalmist, singing King David’s beloved Psalm, Psalm 23, … declaring the truth that our Savior is our Good Shepherd now and forevermore.

Highlight Passage #1 Psalm 23: 1; … 6 [NKJV] … 
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. … 
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; … And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. 
Highlight Context - Psalm 23 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …  David’s beloved song about the “Good Shepherd” in his life

Reference Passage #1 - Isaiah 53: 6 [NKJV] … 
6 … All we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have turned each to his own way; and the Lord has laid on HIM the iniquity of us all. 

Reference Passage #2 - John 10: 7-11; 22-30 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK … Jesus IS “The Good Shepherd,” Who clearly states that He and the Father are ONE

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by David C. Egner, relates a poignant and pertinent thought for Christian readers to hold onto as we move into the New Year; and Egner illustrates the point with a true story about a flock of over 1500 sheep, where one, leading the flock, fell over a cliff; and in the process of following that one, over 300 of the flock died. 

It’s an apt word picture that several Scriptural authors describe God’s chosen as “sheep;” and the Lord as our “Good Shepherd.” Several of those Bible passages are linked or copied above, the most often quoted being from the 23rd Psalm, penned by King David; and I hope any reader here has taken a few minutes to use the song link above to hear one of my favorite Christian singers, Marty Goetz, a Messianic Jew, who has put Psalm 23 to music.

And over 700 years before the birth of Messiah, the Prophet Isaiah declared the nature of mankind being like sheep, wandering on our own and often perishing in our desires to follow other sheep; but as Isaiah writes in Isaiah 53: 6, God has lain on Christ the iniquity of us all, providing mankind with a Savior, … a “Good Shepherd,” to lead us to safety, as King David wrote, … into … “the house of the Lord forever.”

 And, of course, you no doubt have red the red-letter words in Scripture (see the John, Chapter 10 passages linked above) where Jesus openly and clearly, in response to inquiry from the religious leaders of His day, referred to HIMSELF as “The Good Shepherd,” declaring that He and The Father were (and are) One.

 And today, as we’re about to launch our walk with The Lord into 2015, I pray that we all are closely following the Good Shepherd so that we will avoid following other sheep over the cliffs of danger in our lives.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … I pray that all here are following our Good Shepherd closely and diligently into and through this upcoming new year. … Lead us, Lord, and we will follow. Amen

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