Sheep are mentioned 176 times, lambs 164 times, and shepherds 80 times in Scripture. No mention of the Shepherd-sheep metaphor is so well-known as Psalm 23. Though three millennia have passed since the sweet singer of Israel first sang about the shepherd care of God, this psalm still lends itself today to profound truths and invaluable lessons. Shepherding practices in Biblical times underscore that this psalm poignantly describes the unchanging spiritual life of communion between the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and His flock, the living church of God.
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“Psalm 22 presents Him as the good Shepherd who died for His sheep. Psalm 23 proclaims Him to be the great Shepherd who lives for His sheep. Psalm 24 sets Him forth as the chief Shepherd who shall come again for His sheep.” (Page 8)
“Thus, David, in the first place, preaches to us that Jehovah’s flock shall not lack any temporal necessity” (Page 42)
“great Shepherd of the sheep’ through being ‘brought again from the dead” (Page 8)
“The Bible is the library of the Holy Ghost. By the Word of God the blessed Spirit of God both breeds and feeds grace within His elect. God’s people are born by ‘the Word of truth’ (James 1:18), and grow by ‘the sincere milk of the Word’ (1 Peter 2:2).” (Page 1)
“Little do they then realize that these six verses comprehend the highest, deepest, widest, and most glorious experiences into which it is possible for God to lead His people on this side of heaven.” (Page 2)
Dr. Joel Beeke combines outstanding intellectual gifts and wide learning with a deep passion for Christ and His people. The reappearing of his early work, Jehovah Shepherding His Sheep, will be warmly welcomed by the ever-increasing number of Christians who have come to appreciate his ministry.
—Sinclair B. Ferguson, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, SC, and professor of systematic theology, Redeemer Theological Seminary, TX