August 7, 2022

Jesus as Psalm 23

Jesus as Psalm 23

Jesus as Psalm 23

Psalm 23:1 The Shepherd’s job was to protect the sheep.

  • To deal with any enemies that came to attack the sheep. Jesus is of course the shepherd, our shepherd.
    • And He has laid down His life for us, the sheep.
    • To save us from the attacks of the enemy the devil.
  • John 10:11 Jesus says he is the Good Shepherd, the word good here in the Greek means winsomely good.
  • Jesus is not just good at taking care of us as a shepherd, he is so good that he is attractive to us.
  • 10:14 Jesus also says that his sheep will know Him, know His voice.
    • This all speaks of intimacy. We need to think and picture this level of intimacy.
  • The verse goes on to say that we will not be in want.
    • The shepherd’s job was to lead the sheep to green pastures with fresh grass to eat.
    • Jesus is the shepherd and he not only leads us, He becomes our sustenance.
      • He is the bread of life. He will not leave us in want.

Verse 2 Again, the shepherd was to lead the sheep to new pastures with fresh grass.

  • Along with clean and safe waters to drink
  • But here, with Jesus, it is different.
    • It says he makes us to lie down.
    • The verb here is a specialized one in the Hebrew referring to making animals lie down.
    • It’s also a causative statement in the Hebrew.
      • He makes us lie down, but He does not force us.
    • His provision, His grace, His care, His mercy are so great, we are left with no option.
    • But to lay down and rest in His provision and grace

Verse 3 This language now begins to move away from traditional shepherd imagery.

  • This now begins to speak specifically of Jesus.
    • Jesus came to overcome the works of the devil and lead us into righteousness

Verse 4 The reason we only hear this Psalm at funerals is because of this one reference to death.

  • But it doesn’t refer to actual death but just the shadow. The shadow that devil used to be able to cast over us.
  • The enemy held death over humanity.
    • But we no longer have to fear death.
    • Jesus overcame death when he arose from the grave.
  • Communion reminds us that Jesus rose from the dead and overcame death.

Verse 5 Jesus prepares a table of abundance for us.

  • But here is the best part.
    • He prepares this table right in front of the devil.
    • The devil has to sit and watch Jesus prepare the table
    • And he has to watch us eat from the table.
    • Every time we eat from the Communion Table, we are reminded that the devil is defeated.
  • But the devil also can’t touch this table or what is on the table unless we let him.

Verse 6 Jesus is Good,

  • Everything about Him is good, and everything He does is good.
  • This Communion table reminds us of His goodness
  • The English word follow here misses the point of the Hebrew word used here.
  • The Hebrew word means to chase after and purse. It’s a hunting word.
  • The goodness and love of God are constantly pursuing us, hunting us down.
    • All the days of my life, even when I don’t deserve it.