Jehovah Rohi, the Lord is My Shepherd is an essential name to all who proclaim Christ as their Lord and Savior. Rohi in Hebrew context means shepherding. The term Shepherd means “to feed “or “to lead to pasture.” The word Shepherd can be found in both the Old and New Testaments. Christ is the Chief Shepherd of the church and we are His sheep. He will appoint Shepherds to lord over His flock. Christ is the care taker of His flock; as seen in the infamous passage of Psalm 23. Christ assures us that He is our Lord and that He will be with us in all the paths that our feet stroll upon during our life; if we follow him. The Lord will guide us onto a righteous path, He will restore our soul and we do not need to fear evil for He is with us.
We will dwell with Him forever for Jesus is our Good Shepherd. The Lord is our provider and our protector, He loves us so much that if we go astray He will come and find us. Every sheep in the Shepherds fold has gone astray yet we are still in the fold because our gracious, merciful Shepherd’s heart is for us. A Shepherd’s heart is a heart filled with strength, courage and love. An example of a good shepherd in the Old Testament is King David. He was a mighty man of God and cared deeply for his people. David was not without sin. He had an intimate relationship with the Lord and when he did do something wrong he would seek forgiveness from the Lord. We also see Moses as a Shepherd. He was the one chosen by the Father to lead His people out of Egypt and into the promise land. He delivered them from their bondage and affliction that the enemy had placed upon them. After wandering in the desert for forty years Moses was not allowed to go into the promise land because of his sin; he struck the rock twice instead of once as God had instructed him. He passed his Shepherd’s rod onto Joshua who led the people into the promise land. Joshua was a great man of courage and strength and accepted the call to be the leader in the new generation. He would be Israel’s new Shepherd; truly the Lord is good to Israel. He led them out of Egypt, saw them across the Red Sea on dry ground, Kept them in the wilderness for forty years and them brought them into the promise land.
In the New Testament we have Jesus as our Shepherd. He is our redeemer and those who hear His voice follow Him. We as followers of our Shepherd Jesus have the benefits of His presence; He will never leave us or forsake us. This brings a confident assurance that in all situations in life as His sheep He is constantly with us. Our Lord has anointed our heads with the oil of gladness and He breaks all our yokes. He is our healer and we place our faith in Him; He delivers us from all afflictions. He bore our sin and sickness on the cross; He died, went to the grave and rose again for us. He sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us. He has gone to prepare a place for us. He truly is the Chief Shepherd.
Jesus is now with the Heavenly Father; however He did not leave us here to flounder. We have the Holy Spirit and the leaders of His Church which He has chosen. The Chief Shepherd Jesus has chosen Pastors as under Shepherds to lead and guide the Church in Spirit and in Truth.
Pastors are the Lords gift to the Church and they are to continue to protect and be of service to the Lord’s flocks. They are to be exemplary in all things pertaining to life and godliness. They are to be a reflection of Jesus; filled with the love of His Spirit, the strength and courage of a Father and the tender heart of our slain lamb Jesus. A Servant always takes his/her cue from the Master; he/she goes to the Master to get direction for the flock. A Pastor must always be in communion with the Lord. The Father will give His Servant divine providence in matters of the Church. The Pastor has a watchful eye on what is very precious to Jesus because he/she will answer one day for all his/her decisions concerning the Lord’s called out ones that were placed in his/her care. The Chief Shepherd has placed a great trust in His under Shepherds hands. The Lord knows the hearts of His Servants; for they are the branch on the vine. The Blood of their Lord runs through their veins and the word of the Father dwells in their hearts. They are Shepherds who have been given the ability to instruct on things of the Lord with a peaceful confidence; for they possess the mind of Christ.
Through our own personal covenant with the Chief Shepherd He will lead us to rest, refreshment, forgiveness, guidance, companionship, comfort, sustenance, and joy. He will be our greatest assurance in this life and the everlasting life to come. He has prepared mansions for His sheep and we shall receive a crown of glory. We as leaders, seeking souls for Christ no matter what you’re calling; look forward to the day we hear our Lord’s voice say “well done my good and faithful servants.” Well done!! Amen
Kingdom Blessing to all, May God Bless You and Keep You in His Divine Grace♥
Scripture References -KJV
Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding
Psalm 23 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death , I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever
Exodus 12:25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service
Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Ephesians 4:10-12 10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
C. A. Livingstone (©) 2013