Saturday, April 08, 2017

April 8, 2017 ... My Shepherd Forever

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 98 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song and lyrics from the group, Hillsong, singing their song … Jesus, You’re All I Need … poignantly declaring that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is all we really need in this life as well as the next.

Highlight Verse[s]: Genesis 48:16 … [NLT] … 
15 Then he blessed Joseph and said, … “May the God before whom my grandfather Abraham and my father, Isaac, walked— the God who has been my Shepherd all my life, to this very day, … 
… Jacob trusted the relationship he had experienced, having been a shepherd, to the “Good Shepherd,” … his Lord and Savior.
Highlight Passage [context]: Genesis 48:8-16 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Jacob blesses his son and grandsons with the faithfulness of his eternal Shepherd, … His Lord and God.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … John 10:14-16 [NLT] … 
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. 
 … Jesus is the “Good Shepherd” for all who’re willing to come to His call.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Revelation 7:17 [NLT] … 
17  For the Lamb on the throne will be there Shepherd. … He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes. 
… King Jesus on His throne of grace is the Good Shepherd, providing eternal life for all who die to self and live for Him.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Keila Ochoa, used a personal story and a biblical reference to Jacob to illustrate how God can be our forever shepherd if we choose Him to lead us to glory. The ODB author wrote: When my son changed grades in school he cried, “I want my teacher for life!” We had to help him realize that changing teachers is a part of life. We may wonder: Is there any relationship that can last a lifetime? 
Jacob, the patriarch, found out there is one. After living through many dramatic changes and losing loved ones along the way, he realized there had been a constant presence in his life. He prayed, “May the God . . . who has been my shepherd all my life to this day . . . bless these boys” (Gen. 48:15–16). 

Jacob in his waning days, knew what the group Hillsong sings in today’s linked song; and he wanted His son and grandsons to be blessed by the Shepherd of His soul, … the One Who would bring him to the throne in glory with the Lamb of God, … He Who also is the “Good Shepherd,” … the One Who leads His sheep (that’s us, folks!) to His eternal waters of life.

I pray that all reading here with me, will follow our Good Shepherd to graze in His eternal pastures forever.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … LORD, … I know Your voice and You have called me to follow You a my Good Shepherd. … Amen

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