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  • Dec 12 Devo

    SHEPHERDS



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    And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.Luke 2:8



    It may seem like a stretch of the imagination, but try it anyway: If you were God and could announce the arrival of the Savior of humanity, would you send your messengers to some shepherds out in the fields as they whiled away their nighttime watch? Why not send angels to an assembly of the religious council in Jerusalem instead? Why not send them to the megalomaniac King Herod? Or how about Caesar? Wouldn’t that be a night of work—blowing open the doorways of society and changing everything with a few simple words?

    Yet God chose the shepherds. Rough characters at that time, shepherds were laborers who performed the tedious tasks that many others were unwilling to do. They appeared ragged, smelled of the flocks, and were used to sleeping on the cold, hard ground.

    Often the Bible tells us about extraordinary shepherds. A millennia earlier, David, the “shepherd king” of Israel, had cared for his people just as he’d cared for the sheep when he was a boy shepherd in the fields outside of Bethlehem. David could write the incredible words of Psalm 23 because he knew what it meant to be a good shepherd, and he knew that God was his good shepherd.

    David tells us, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters” (vv. 1-2). And that’s not all. The Lord guides (v. 3). He protects with his rod and staff (v. 4).

    Jesus, the descendant of David, came to earth to be the good shepherd. In the Gospel of John, Jesus said he knows us as his sheep, and we are to know him (10:14-15). He promised to defend us from wolves and not run away. But most importantly, he said the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

    So consider this: On the night that Jesus’ life began in this world, an inexorable process was set in motion—leading to the day when he would lay down his life for the world. All of this in the fashion of a truly good shepherd. So an angelic visitation to shepherds in Bethlehem—men who understood feeding and guiding and saving—was the best way for chapter one to begin.

    Prayer for today:


    The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23)








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    Last edited by Magnumguy; 12-15-2018, 11:41 AM.
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    bringin' em back ~ to the Dodge Mahal !!....

    Where old Magnums can find a home.. :angel:

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