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Topic: FOLD (10/08/15)
- TITLE: The Greatest Shepherd
By Lois Lewis
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In his word, God, the greatest shepherd, refers to people as sheep. I like to imagine he created a sheepfold for us, using the same design, four walls and a narrow gate. I visualize:
• The Gate is undoubtedly, Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us that himself, in the book of John. He also says there is no other way for us to come to the Father, but through him. Since God is in heaven, if we want to go to heaven, we have to follow Jesus.
• Wall One is wisdom. In Proverbs we’re told, wisdom comes from the Lord. The apostle James said, anyone who lacks wisdom should ask God, who gives generously to all who ask. In Ecclesiastes it says wisdom is a shelter, protecting the lives of those who find her.
• Wall Two is the Holy Spirit. This powerful in-dwelling, counsels and guides Christians towards the light, and away from evil.
• Wall Three is the church. In God’s Word, Christ is identified as the head of the church, with members being his body. The church is also referred to as a fold, a protected place, where people come together to praise and worship God, and to edify and build one another up. Church members also work together to serve others, so that when people see their good works, God is glorified.
• Wall Four is the Word of God. In his Word, God warns us that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. He also identifies the armor we need to put on, to take our stand against the devil’s schemes.
So as not to feel remiss, I’ll mention a few other ways God is protective of his people. In his Word, we’re told God never sleeps, he holds our right hand, he goes before us to make the rough places smooth, and he is our rear guard. We’re also told, the Lord’s eyes range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him, and the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him. Finally, the Word says God and Jesus are one, and Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep.
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