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Daily Reflection

matthew 2:3-6

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

WHY JESUS CAME: To Shepherd His People

Sheep are mentioned in the Bible more than any other animal. They were used for all kinds of things: clothes, dinner, religion – there is a lot you can do with a sheep. They often travelled in herds and were tended to by a shepherd. He would make sure to lead them to places to graze and eat, but also protect them from predators. Because sheep were used for so much they were a prized possession and often the shepherd would know how many were in his care. This was especially true for when a sheep wandered off and the shepherd must seek it out.

Sheep also became great metaphors for the people of God, and it was often said that all of us were sheep without a shepherd. This means that we wandered for a food source and were without protection. It means we didn’t have any sort of care or guidance so that our grazing was without true aim. It means that we were becoming separated from the herd. But Matthew makes it clear through citing Micah 5:2 that one of Jesus’ primary roles was to be the Shepherd of his people.

Psalm 23 expresses the idea of what the Shepherd would do. He would lead us to green pastures and still waters to rest and restore us. He would use his strength to defend us from the enemies’. He would gather us together so that we could enjoy a life of fellowship not only with each other, but with him. Jesus is the Shepherd we need. He is the Shepherd willing to lay down his life. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we no longer fear evil. Let Jesus guide your life.

Promises

Maverick City Music

great is your faithfulness to me

From the rising sun to the setting same
I will praise your name

great is your faithfulness to me

God of Abraham
You’re the God of covenant
And faithful promises
Time and time again
You have proven
You’ll do just what You said

Though the storms may come
And the winds may blow
I’ll remain steadfast
And let my heart learn
When You speak a word
It will come to pass

God from age to age
Though the earth may pass away
Your word remains the same
Your history can prove
There’s nothing you can’t do
You’re faithful and true

I put my faith in Jesus
My anchor to the ground
My hope and firm foundation
He’ll never let me down