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What is a shepherd?

sheep-with-shepherdA shepherd is someone who tends or looks after sheep. The term shepherd is often used to describe someone providing guidance as well as, someone who care for and leads a group of people, such as a minister.

When we think of a Bible verse using the term shepherd, we immediately think of the 23rd Psalm.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
   for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
   through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
   for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
   they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
   in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
   my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
   all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
   forever.  Psalm 23

In the Message Bible the 1st verse of Psalm 23 says:

God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.

Can you picture rolling hills with sheep grazing and the lone shepherd watching over them? The sheep need not worry about anything because their shepherd watches over them, guides them away from all hazards and makes sure that they’re safe and secure.

11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice. Ezekiel 34:11-16

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 27-28

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. John 10:14

Come, let us bow down in worship,
   let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   the flock under his care. Psalm 95:6-7

For the Lamb at the center of the throne
   will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
   ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.Rev 7:17

Have you accepted the Lord as your Savior?

Do you believe that He is your Shepherd?

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