Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Goodness--pleasant, agreeable, excellent Mercy—chesed—kindness, faithfulness, mercy. House of Lord—in God’s presence
--as we follow the Shepherd, the good stuff follows us—fruit.
Exodus 33:17-20—Moses doesn’t want to go alone to lead the people
And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
Shew me—to this point he’s only heard a voice out of the smoke. Show me as much as I can handle to see.
Goodness—good things, beauty, fairness. Mercy—compassion, love, pity
6 times in Psalms: For He is good, for his mercy (chesed) endures forever
--Good Shepherd is before you; good follows you
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
God of peace—the author and giver of peace. Great shepherd—greater than Moses who led Israel.
From the dead—as the Shepherd was dead and then alive, He will do this for the sheep too.
Everlasting covenant—what God has always promised to do for fallen humanity—make them righteous and good again. He will lead the way.
Perfect—healed, a joint that is reset, repair, back in harmony.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Giveth his life—laid it aside, not just dying, but the whole tenor of his life was set aside for the benefit of the sheep.
Hireling—does it for personal gain, for the money. Flees—if he has to pay, he’s gone! He does not care about the sheep!
Wolf scatters—causes havoc.
Know my sheep—a tender regard and care
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
--Shepherd knows the sheep as the Father knows the Shepherd. This knowledge extends to giving His life, not academic or formal, life=giving love. A union of nature.
Bring—lead, guide to one place.
Love—Father loves the obedient son, the son obeys because he loves the father. Shepherd loves the sheep the sheep love the shepherd. One—total unity.
You follow a Shepherd who lays down His life. Take up your cross and follow me.