Friday, September 05, 2008

Our Righteous Shepherd

"The days are coming," declares the LORD, 
       "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, 
       a King who will reign wisely 
       and do what is just and right in the land.

 In his days Judah will be saved 
       and Israel will live in safety. 
       This is the name by which he will be called: 
       The LORD Our Righteousness

Jeremiah 23:5, 6

Been reading Jeremiah of late.  Most of Jeremiah is a cry what God is going to do and why.  Chapter 23 is a judgment against shepherds who have not been doing what a shepherd is to do.  Instead of bringing care, comfort and courage to God's people, they have been leading them astray, scattering them, allowing them to dwell in fearful places, etc.  But God promises one day that He bring back His sheep, His people to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. The Lord declares that He will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing.

Jesus is that Shepherd.  He is the Branch of Jesse that will rule with justice.  The One who will rule with the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, and the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

Jesus is that King.  The King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the Lord.

  • Reign wisely - He will rule with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. 
  • Rule justly - He will rule with the Spirit of counsel and power
  • Lead righteously - He will rile with Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD.

Under His rule & reign, we are saved.  We dwell in safety.  He is our Good Shepherd

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