December 16 - The Lamb is the Shepherd
The judges, priests, prophets, kings and the rulers of old were called the shepherds of the people, however, they had been doing a poor job to take care of God’s people. Micah thus announced the coming of a ruler of Israel to be born in Bethlehem. He is from of old, from the ancient of days. He shall stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. The people will dwell secure and He shall be great to the ends of the earth. And He shall be their peace.
As leader and shepherd of His people, the Lord tells what He requires of His sheep. As Micah tells the people, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” God is not looking at our sacrifices or religious activities. He wants us to walk with Him, like sheep walking with the shepherd. In order to be walking with Him, we must be like Him, do justice, love kindness and to be humble.
Jesus called the first disciples by telling them to follow Him and He would make them fishers of men. To be a believer is to be a sheep, following the shepherd. When we follow Him, He will change us, from catching fish to doing exploits for the Kingdom of God. There is no need for us to think about our future or what we are going to do, the shepherd will lead us. He may or may not let us know but by His hand, He will lead. There is no need to worry about our needs for we are in the hand of the shepherd. He is responsible to take us to the pastures and by the still waters. To state simply, once we take on the role as God’s sheep, we are in good hands.
With the 144,000 sealed, coming out of the great tribulation, they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. As they serve God, God’s presence will be their shelter. They will hunger and thirst no more, nothing can harm them for the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. The Lamb is the shepherd, the One we should follow. When we are truly following Him, all our needs are met and the Lamb makes sure that would happen.
Are you a believer or a follower of Jesus? Are you walking with the Lord or you just pray to Him occasionally? Are you anxious about your life and your needs? Is the Lamb your shepherd? Who is leading you, your will, your ideals, you own thoughts, the expectation of parents or peers? If the Lamb is not your shepherd, you shall want many things. The answer is not to get everything you need, the answer is to have the Lamb who has been slain for you. He gave His life for you so that He may become your shepherd. Commit once again to the Lamb now.
Ps 141:1-10 Mic 5:1-7:20 Rev 7:1-17 Prov 30:5-6