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October 5

Isaiah 40; Ephesians 6:10-24

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:..."—Isaiah xl. 11.

Our Lord Jesus is very frequently described as the Shepherd of His people.... We all know, and are very glad and comforted in the knowledge, that the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Shepherd, exercises towards us all the kind and necessary offices which a shepherd performs towards his sheep. With gentle sway he rules us for our good: "Let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand." He guides us: "And when He putteth forth His own sheep He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice." He provides for us: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters." He protects us from all forms of evil; therefore, "though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil, for He is with us: His rod and His staff, they comfort us." If we wander, he seeks us out and brings us back. "He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake." If we be broken, He binds us up; if we be wounded He heals according to His own word, "I will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick." The sheep is an animal of many diseases and many wants, and so the Christian is an individual of many sins and many infirmities; but as the shepherd endeavors to meet all the wants of His flock, so our Lord Jesus succours all the blood-bought company in all their needs.

Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 3 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1962), p. 571.

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