Oh how powerful is our redemption!
John 17:6a – I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:
Again today we examine how Jesus manifested Father’s Name to those He had given Jesus; His followers. In that process we point out the redemptive names of the Lord in the Old Testament. First we consider Jehovah Rohi, meaning “the Lord is my Shepherd.” Reading Psalm 23 opens a beautiful picture of this name manifested. As the good Shepherd, Jesus will lead His sheep, if they will follow, to that place where they will lack or want for nothing. That is a place of total provision. He makes them to lie down in green pastures; safe, open, warmed by the sun, soft bedding for lambs, and sound nutrition for all those grazing there; a place of abundant provision of needs. He leads them beside still waters; safe, gently flowing, clean, easily accessible, and drinkable waters; here is also a picture of revelation of His Word, line upon line, precept upon precept, a gradual growth in and deepening of one’s understanding of the life-giving Word of God. He restores their soul; takes them to places of peace, calm, and quiet; peace meaning “shalom;” nothing broken, nothing missing; a renewed mind with a full capacity to “reason” with Father; the mind of Christ. He leads them in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake; our God, being a righteous God, and having caused us to be born again, re-created in His image, He fully expects us to be His representatives, His ambassadors in the earth. How would you expect a representative of the President of the United States to dress and present him/herself to the general populace, and especially in called meetings where personal representation is demanded? Is Jesus of a higher plane of character than even the President of the United States? How then should we appear as His representatives? And should we fear? IN NO WAY! How often in the Scriptures are we commanded to “fear not?” Even though we may walk “through the valley of the shadow of death,” fear has NO PLACE in the life of a believer. Why? Because He will NEVER leave or forsake us, and our God, Who is LOVE casts out all fear. And furthermore, even in such a valley and the “fear of death,” we will find ourselves COMFORTED by His “rod and staff” (the Word of God). And pray tell, why are so many believers settling for “crumbs” in life when our Master is preparing a table before us where our enemies can watch us enjoy the feast of the Lord? And know this, we are anointed in this life, painted as a target for “goodness and mercy” to follow you all the days of your life. Ours is NOT to be a life of struggle, but of blessing, for Jesus is our JEHOVAH ROHI.
Manna for Today – John 17; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 4:18-21; John 8:29; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 12:35-37