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Summary: He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

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Our Loving Shepherd

Isaiah 40:11

John Shearhart

July 17, 2011

I’ve recently come across a verse that’s been a great source of comfort to me. Not only has it given me hope and encouragement in our Great Lord and Shepherd, but it’s given me a rule of thumb and a standard as a pastor:

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

This is the kind of pastor I want to be because this is the kind of “Pastor” Christ Jesus is to me and to all His flock.

This morning I’m going to preach this verse with you as we look at some of the details of what it means:

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

First, note that “He shall feed His flock.”

That is, He gives us pasture and a place to graze;

He gives us His word as milk and meat (Heb. 5:12), and He gives us His body as bread (Lk. 22:19);

He’s that Good Shepherd who leads us to green pastures (Ps. 23:2);

He’s the good God who knows how to give His children good gifts (Mt. 7:11);

He’s that One who sells food to those who have no money (Is. 55:1);

“He shall feed His flock.” And He does it as a shepherd ought:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice (Jn. 10:1-4).

I looked up the Hebrew word for “feed” and found that it means to “pasture, tend, graze, and feed,” but it also means “to associate with” and to “be a friend of.”

We know our Shepherd’s voice and He leads us out because He is the Good Shepherd who knows us—He knows us by name! He calls us friends, and we’re intimately acquainted with Him. We don’t follow the voices of strangers because we know we don’t belong to them—they’ve given us no substance; they have no knowledge of us.

Second, see that “He shall gather the lambs with His arm.”

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Look at how personal He is to us! He collects His flock together into one group using His own arm. This is the arm which put the stars in their places and which holds up the whole world. This is the arm which stretched out against the armies against Israel and slew them by the thousands. This is the arm which pulled us up out of the miry pit and which sets us firmly on the Rock. This is the arm which cannot be turned back and which is dreaded by His enemies, but for us it is comfort and security!


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