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WORDS of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser Print E-mail
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Written by By Barry Fraser   
Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

Psalm 23, written by King David, is probably the best known Psalm. David rose from being an unnoticed shepherd boy to the most powerful position in the nation of Israel.

The English Standard Version reads: “The Lord (Yahweh) is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the 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 staff, they comfort me.”

In the Gospel according to John, chapter 10, verse 11, Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.” We are the sheep! Psalm 23 describes the love, care, and concern Jesus has for us.

A shepherd had a rod and a staff. The staff was made of wood, and had one end curved over like an umbrella stick! With it he could bring back straying lambs by hooking it around their neck, and pulling them back into the fold. If a sheep fell in a ditch, he could hook it out.

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, pulls us back when we stray, and gently prods us in the right direction. He rescues us from danger.

The rod was made of iron. It was not used on the sheep, but could inflict a fatal blow on any lion, wolf, or bear that tries to attack the sheep. Jesus inflicts blows on Satan, when he tries to steal, kill, and destroy!

Revelation chapter 19, from verse 11, describes “The Word of God” (Jesus) on a white horse, the symbol of a conquering King. He is seen holding a rod of iron with which he will rule the nations.

Jesus is returning soon as the conquering King, to take us with him to our eternal home.  For more information, write to me at: PO Box 707, Belmopan