The best way to fully understand God as Shepherd-King, and Christ as the Great Shepherd, is to look at shepherding in Ancient Near East.
Lessons I’ve learned about God and how they relate in today’s context
By looking at the big picture Scripture presents, we can see one clear image of God our Father. He is both The Great King and loving Father.
Our God tolerates no rivals. As Great King He demands nothing take his place of supreme importance in our lives.
If God is all loving, why do we have to wait in times of trial and suffering? Why does He ignore our cry, “How long will you forget me?”
The flip side of Christ’s gift of salvation and living “in Him” is persecution. What do we do when it becomes our reality?
Knowing God changes our lives, but how we live reveals how we perceive God; it shows if we really believe he is the Great King, the Only God
Paul weaves the word Stand throughout his passage on God’s armour. What does this look like and how do we do it?
Like the turtle, our shields of faith come into play in every aspect of our lives; to protect, enable and go about out daily lives—in Christ.
Satan uses a number of tactics against us in Spiritual warfare. When the Father of Lies attempts to weaken us, we stand in Christ’s truth.
If we say yes to Christ we open the door to the Holy Spirit. He moves within us enabling our transformation in Christ: the armour of God.