Isaiah 40:9-11

Isaiah 40:9-11

9 You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up,
do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and He rules with a mighty arm.
See, His reward is with Him, and His recompense accompanies Him.
11 He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart;
He gently leads those that have young.

This is a sweet, tender, and touching chapter that says nothing about our hearts, but we learn something about God’s heart instead.

He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart;
He gently leads those that have young.

Clearly God is a good shepherd or rather the Good Shepherd, a title His Son Jesus has as well

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10

While these verses are for those from Judah returning from exile, it is easy to see it as a time also when Jesus returns for His flock with the same sweet, loving kindness that His Father showed to the exiles from Judah. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4

15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Powerful words. Truly something to look forward to and the thoughts are comforting as well … if we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

It’s Friday, have a Great Weekend and remember to Go to Church, enjoy some fellowship, encourage one another, listen to a lesson on God’s word as well. Our church is having a fellowship feast afterwards so we might all enjoy each others’ company while taking time to pray for one another as well. Hope your church is doing something similar.