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The Good Shepherd

Posted on 17th Nov 2018 15:25:26 in Meditation for Christians, Daily Meditations

 

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Meditation for Christians - Day 4

Psalm 23

1 {A Psalm of David.} The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The Good Shepherd Meditation

This favorite Psalm is a treasure chest in each line. For the next several days we will examine each line.

1 {A Psalm of David.} The LORD is my shepherd;

Many commentaries have been written about the Good Shepherd. There is a famous story that the shepherds would break the legs of the sheep and carry them so they would not wander off. Some have questioned whether this was an actual practice, or a fair analogy.

Is G-d really so barbaric in His treatment of us?

In response to the question of the shepherds, a formal letter of inquiry was sent to a world reknown shepherd magazine. The response was this: the Good Shepherd brakes the wayward lamb's leg, but never breaks it. He only temporarily hobbles the sheep for it's own safety, not to harm or punish.

"It is not true that any shepherds break a lamb’s leg on purpose... What they sometimes do in certain sheep-raising nations is to “brake” a leg. This means they attach a clog or weight to the animal’s leg, which keeps certain “rogue” sheep from getting too far from the shepherd until they learn their names, and not to be afraid of the shepherd."

"Rogue sheep are those that won’t stay with the flock–important to their safety. A single sheep that constantly moves out and away from the others is the certain target of predators, and often is at risk of wandering out of sight (over a hill, into the brush, etc.) in terrain where the shepherd is unable to count the sheep properly. Then the sheep would be surely lost." - Sheep! Magazine

Exercise for Day 4

During today's meditation, consider the times in your life when G-d was gently shepherding you for your own safety. And think of ways he may be shepherding you today... shepherding you to a greater and more fulfilling relationship with Him.

He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart. He gently leads the nursing ewes. - Isaiah 40:11

 

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About The Way

Not a religion... a RELATIONSHIP!

The Way is for followers of Yeshua who seek a closer, more fulfilling relationship with HaShem, the One G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The meaning of the word "Christian" has been hijacked and turned into something our beloved Meshiach would never have approved of. Many reform groups have attempted to return to The Way that Yeshua originally preached, and their success has been equivalent to how dedicated they are staying true to the spirit of the scripture in their doctrines.

Instead of a new doctrine, The Way is about finding out what He wants for each of us individually. Instead of grudging obedience to what other people tell us we are supposed to do, we ask the Father directly. And He Answers!

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Why G-d?

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. - Exodus 20:7

Unless directly quoting scripture in a respectful way, many people choose not to utter or write the name of G-d. A common practice is to refer to Him as HaShem ("The Name" in Hebrew). This is not required, and is a personal preference chosen for many reasons. One of those reasons is that words like "G-d", "Christian", and even "Jesus" have been terribly abused and misused.

Much of our modern biblical language comes from Rome or Greece, not the original Hebrew and Aramaic Yeshua himself spoke. To make matters worse Constantine's Roman form of Christianity has seemingly forever tarnished and manipulated our precious Saviour's name and message beyond recognition.

People tolerate it today in subtle forms: the names of days of the week, months of the year, and even resting on SUNdays (the day to remember the sun-god Apollo as decreed by Constantine!). It is tolerated because people got used to it, and change is not easy. For some, this is not a good enough reason to continue with these traditions that clearly are not biblical. For those who do not feel this way, that is between you and HaShem.

...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone... - John 8:7

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