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.
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
God brings the heat to the equation, but are we providing enough fuel to keep the fire blazing, or are we starving it of what it needs?
Behind the tedious lists of Leviticus we find a contemporary instruction manual from a Holy God.
Christians are in the business of walls; pulling them down and building them up.
Whether it’s within the quiet eddy of isolation or from within the chaotic slipstream, it’s time to choose.