This post is Day 18 in a series of studies about “Psalm 23”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Psalm 23 – Day 18
The idea of sending Jesus was not a panic decision made when God saw the Israelites disobey. It was His plan from the beginning of time. He knew in creating mankind they would disobey His rules. He was the good Shepherd providing for His sheep from before time began.
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! … And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.”
The idea of sending Jesus was not a panic decision made when God saw the disobedience of the Israelite people. It was His plan from the beginning of time. He knew that creating mankind was a risk and that they would eventually disobey His rules. He was the good Shepherd providing for His sheep from before time began, and long before they knew they needed Him.
Yesterday’s verse, “your rod and staff they comfort me”, could have been pronounced by Adam and Eve when they considered God’s reaction to their sin.
He provided clothing for them after they had sewn fig leaves together to cover their nakedness (Genesis 3:7&21), then He sent them out of the garden to prevent them eating of the tree of life (Genesis 3:23).
It was The Shepherd’s protection that gave them the rules telling them not to eat of that one particular tree (Genesis 2:17).
Satan had lived in Heaven before falling from grace, so he knew and understood both good and evil!
It was the good Shepherd’s discipline and protection that banished Adam and Eve from Eden, so that they would not eat from the tree of Life and become eternal in their fallen state (Genesis 3:22). He was protecting them from the evil one. Our good Shepherd is still doing that for us His sheep today.
Read Genesis 3 and see the Good shepherd at work in the verses there.
Praise God that you are one of His sheep and tell Him today that you will listen to his voice and follow only Him.