Friday, August 18, 2017
Jehovah Rohi My Shepherd
The LORD is my shepherd… Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
– Psalm 23:1, 4b
The Shepherd’s staff had two purposes. Firstly, it was used as a weapon of
protection against predators. In Israel, there are narrow passageways for the
sheep to go through to find pasture. At the end of those narrow passages,
predators waited to snatch the sheep as they came out the other side. So the
shepherd passed through the passageway first, and with his rod and staff, he
drove the animals away, so the sheep could safely follow him into the
Secondly, the crook was used to comfort and give security to the
sheep. With it, the shepherd gently nudged wandering sheep back into place
whenever they would stray away from the security of the sheepfold. The
shepherd knew there were wild beasts waiting to kill any sheep that became
lost and alone.
In much the same way, Jesus, as our Shepherd, went before us
and drove back every enemy waiting to seize us. Do not fear, for Jehovah Rohi
has preceded you into the future and prepared the way for you.
Jehovah Rohi for comfort and protection every day.
- Esther 1:1-3:15
- 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
- Psalm 35:17-28
- Proverbs 21:19-20
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