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.
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?
Confusion wars with joy. I was an enemy awash with the weight of distance, judged, sentenced. And yet, just as I am, I am loved. Ps 9:7-10
It is not us and them; it is us and Him. And He has acted. He has punished, He has exacted payment from the flesh of the pure Ps 9:3-6
The smallest crack in the door is enough to draw my eyes and lighten my heart in release. It is not over, but it will be soon.
Responsibility is, in equal parts, a weighted chain and wings to fly. But we all have equal access to the key to the King’s storehouse.
Fatigue suffocates the soul and devastates hope. But the breath of life animates skeletons and births life from dust.
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