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Jehovah-Rohi, My Shepherd
John 10: 14 I AM the good shepherd and my sheep know me and I know my own
This is one of seven I AM statements Jesus makes in the book of John. Jesus wasn't just calling himself an ordinary shepherd. He called himself "the" good shepherd. Sheep are completely defenseless. They must stay close to the shepherd to stay safe. They know his voice and trust him. If their eyes get off the shepherd they fall prey to thieves, the terrain and wolves. Jesus used stories and parables to explain the truths of heaven, his ever lasting covenant love for his people and the relationship between himself and the Father. In this chapter of John, Jesus explains the difference between an owner of the sheep (Jesus) and a hired hand
( Pharisees). The owner of his precious sheep will fight off the enemy, shield them from the elements, lay his life down and go search for the lost one. A hired hand would run off at first sign of peril. Jesus isn't just a shepherd, he is "the" shepherd. He leads us to green pastures and quiet waters to satisfy our souls. In him we need not fear evil and his rod and staff comfort us. We can walk with confidence and not be afraid even if death is upon us. He sets a banquet table in front of us and anoints our heads with oil. Surely goodness and his everlasting mercies follow us all of our days. We, his own, WILL live with the good shepherd forever and ever,
(paraphrase Psalm 23). Amen