3-16-14 Sun Morn

Rev. Glenn H. Yohn preached:

Isaiah 40:10-11

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand,
and his arm shall rule for him:
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young.

“He” is Jesus Christ.  He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd.  In verse 10 we read that God asserts His strength against the enemy and does so to reward His people, but then in verse 11 we read that in tenderness God holds and carries His people.

The word “feed” in verse 11 means to nourish the body, to tend, guard and to defend.  It means that the Shepherd has associated Himself with the sheep as friends.

God carries the lambs because of His tender heart; he sees their weakness.  God carries His people when we are weak and frail.  He carries us by protecting and keeping us from harm, from death and by encouraging us.  This Shepherd’s protection cannot be broken.  Satan cannot come and snatch God’s children away.

Those who do not need carried are like those with young whom God leads gently.  If they were fiercely driven, they would be weak and tired; prone to sickness and unable to care for the young among them.

“Carries” is such a gentle picture of the character of Christ.

(A Tape of this sermon is available by request)
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