Knowing God – His Names.
YHWH – raah (Yahweh- my shepherd)
Psalm.23: 1 – 3
Intro. Father is described as a shepherd in many places in Scripture. And although we have lost some concept of what a shepherd is we can glean revelation of this name by looking at the character and quality of the early eastern shepherds.
Shepherds were not Glamorous Professions.
David was a shepherd because he was the youngest of his brothers. It was smelly, lonely, dangerous and considered to be the lowest of the low.
Isa.53: 1 – 3 Reflects the opinion. Yet Yahweh in all His beauty, majesty and glory called Himself a shepherd.
Luke.2: 8 – 15 Father called the outcasts of society first.
Shepherds provide for Sheep – not the other way around.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want....”
Yahweh is our provider, so this fits in with his compound Name.
The sheep have the needs; the Shepherds has the provision.
Shepherds protect the Sheep.
Its Father’s job to keep us in a place of safety.
Luke.15: 3 – 7 His heart for the sheep knows no limit when we stray.
He’s the Shepherd from the beginning. Gen.3: 8 – 9.
Jesus takes this Name for Himself.
John.10: 11 – 13. He protects us from the wolves to the point of death.
John.10: 14 – 16. His sheep know His voice and they stay in the fold.
John.10: 7 – 10. His sheep pen alone is the door to being saved.
Summary. Yahweh is the Good Shepherd; he protects, provides and in Jesus reveals His way of salvation from the dangers of sin and death.