Our Good Shepherd

John Koedyker

READ : Micah 5:3-5

He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord . . . (v. 4)

The most well-known verses in the Bible begin with the words, “The Lord is my shepherd.” That’s the Twenty-Third Psalm, of course, written by David, the most popular king of Israel. What was so special about David was that he actually was a shepherd, before he was ever a king. And that is how he ruled Israel—with gentleness; caring, protecting, and providing for his people.

David based his model for kingship on God himself. God reminded David of a shepherd. He leads his people and gives them all that they need. The Lord would never forsake them.

Micah’s imagery of the shepherd-leader was meant to be an encouragement to the people of Judah. Although they were under siege and would eventually be exiled, the prophet was holding out hope for the people. A shepherd-ruler would come and deliver them. We know this person to be Jesus Christ, who in John 10 identified himself as “the Good Shepherd.”

Jesus is still the Good Shepherd and he still provides abundantly for his people. As Jesus said, he is the Good Shepherd because he knows his sheep and because he lays down his life for his sheep. What a wonderful Shepherd we have! Are you letting him lead you?

PRAYER

God, we thank you for sending us the Good Shepherd. Amen.