Our Good Shepherd Feeds Us Himself

July 16, 2015

Today’s Word of Encouragement from Wayne:

 

 

"I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd"

Ezekiel 34:23

 

This prophetic word from God through Ezekiel came hundreds of years after King David’s death. God was looking ahead and speaking of Jesus, our Savior, our Good Shepherd, Who "will feed them himself." This word has two meanings. The first, the obvious meaning, is that Jesus feeds us. As we saw yesterday, we are “the sheep of His hand” (Psalm 95:7). If we will only come to Jesus Christ for our daily bread and living water, He will always gladly feed us, for He is the very best Shepherd we could ever hope to be shepherded by.

 

The second, deeper meaning, is the more literal truth expressed in "he will feed them himself." Jesus said, "unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves" (John 6:53). Praise God, for our Shepherd hand feeds us, showing us His desire to personally and intimately care for us in our daily life with Him. And praise God that He has made this possible because our Good Shepherd has fed us "Himself." In love Jesus laid His life down, shedding His blood for our sins, showing us His ultimate sacrifice to God on our behalf and His complete commitment to us, the sheep of His pasture.

 

You see, not only does our Good Shepherd hand feed us, but He is the food we eat. He is our salvation. He is our life. This state of oneness, this union, in this revelation, in this understanding, can only make us praise God with eternal humility and gratitude. What continual unbroken fellowship we are offered with our Good Shepherd for He feeds us and He is the food we eat. Stay with Jesus. Hallelujah!

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