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The Lord Our Shepherd.

The Lord Our Shepherd.

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BY ADAM HAWORTH


" The Lord is my Shepherd] I shall not want^*

(Ps. xxiii. i).
BY ADAM HAWORTH


" The Lord is my Shepherd] I shall not want^*

(Ps. xxiii. i).

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THE LORD OUR SHEPHERD.BY ADAM HAWORTH" The Lord is my Shepherd] I shall not want^*(Ps. xxiii. i).IT has pleased the God of Christians toappear under various characters in theScriptures. He is called Father, King, Maker,Saviour, Prophet, Captain, and several othernames. One most interesting name is that oShepherd. When seen as a Shepherd, andcalled the Shepherd of Israel, or Shepherdof the Church, He appears altogether lovely,and just what is suited to the wants andwishes of men. All His people, all the sheepof His pasture, rejoice to see Him as theirgreat and good Shepherd ; and can render toHim the sincerest homage of their love, grati-tude, and praise.It is as a Shepherd that we will considerHim in this discourse. The Psalmist saith," The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want."How precious are these words ! how comfort-ing to pious minds ! There are other ^assA.^<t%[tract-skrmons, — no, 8.] VITHE LORD OUR SHEPHERD,of similar import. The prophet saith, " Heshall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shallgather the lambs with His arm, and carrythem in His bosom, and shall gently lead
 
those that are with young" (Isa. xl. ii).This passage refers to the Messiah who, whileon the earth, called Himself the good Shep-herd, and said, " The good Shepherd givethHis life for the sheep." " My sheep hear Myvoice, and I know them, and they follow Me :and I give unto them eternal life ; and theyshall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand" (John x. ii, 27, 2Z),These are pleasing passages, for they show theLord's Divine character; they show howhappy the men of His Church may be underHim, as "the people of His pasture, and thesheep of His hand " (Ps. xcv, 7).The Psalmist, as we have seen, saith thatthe Lord is his Shepherd ; but in the originalHebrew, it is Jehovah, and not Lord, "Jeho-vah is my Shepherd." Thus we see thatJehovah is the Shepherd of Israel, or Shepherdof the Church. In the ew Testament, how-ever, we find that the Shepherd of the ChurchTHE LORD OUR SHEPHERD.is Jesus Christ. He saith, " I am the goodShepherd." " I know My sheep." ** My sheephear My voice." Jehovah saith by the pro-phet, ** I will both search My sheep, and seek them out" (Ezek. xxxiv. ii). We see fromthese quotations that Jehovah and Jesus areequally said to be the Shepherd of the Church,or Shepherd of the flock ; and yet we knowthat there is, and can be, but one Shepherd,one Lord and God. Also, there is but oneflock, one sheepfold, one Church. Are Jehovahand Jesus two Lords, or two Deities } Oh no !Jehovah of the Old Testament is the name of 
 
God before His manifestation in the flesh.While unmanifested, no eye had seen or couldsee Him ; because what is Divine and infinitedoes not come within finite vision or concep-tion. It behoved Him to assume humanity tobe seen and known of men. In His assumedhuman nature He became " Emmanuel, whichbeing interpreted is, God with us " (Matt,i. 23). In Jesus, the Saviour, ** God was mani-fest in the flesh " (i Tim. iii. 16). Jesus said,** He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father."'* I am in the Father, and the Fathet \tv M.^"THE LORD OUR SHEPHERD,(John xiv. 9, 1 1). " I and My Father are one "(ib, X. 30). The Father and Son, or Jehovahand Jesus, are one God, as the soul and bodyof any human being are one man. In Christwe see God, who thus is the one Shepherd of Israel, or Shepherd of the Church.But who are the people of His pasture, andsheep of His hand } They are men who spiri-tually love one another, and love the Lord astheir Shepherd ; — men who love the Lordabove all things and their neighbour as them-selves. Such men are very aptly representedby lambs and sheep, because these lovinggentle animals can symbolize, in a strikingway, the grace of love or charity. Men wholove the Lord and one another are kind, gentle,and obedient; they live in harmony andpeace ; they are a brotherhood ; they dwelltogether in unity; they follow the Lord assheep follow their shepherd ; they do His pre-cepts by shunning evils as spiritual foes, andreceiving in their hearts His Spirit of holy fear

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