And I love the way in God’s tapestry He conveys something and it flows right through like that scarlet cord going out the window, it flows right through the book, the beginning concept of the shepherd tending of a flock. The other thing that’s hidden in there, which is another message, is that it says, “Cain was a tiller of the ground. No. Cain, it says he was and obed; he was a slave of the ground. You go, you who are Genesis fans you can go pick at that later on because that’s a direct implication of the child of the curse versus the child following in at least the vocation that the Lord looked upon favorably there’s an innuendo there.
But I point this out to show you the same word is being used Abel is a shepherd. And we know if it’s just a cursory, superficial look we know that Jacob and Rachel, she was a shepherdess. Is says plainly she was a shepherdess.
And we could talk about Joseph and we could talk about Moses and we could talk about David and it goes all the way through the stream of almost every person in the Bible you’ll encounter something that is having to do with shepherding the sheep the flock, et cetera. But I began to look at just this word and the use of this word and found some interesting things that I think will help color in. As I said going through the Bible you encounter the translations to be lacking and the Hebrew or Greek depending on what we’re doing helps to color it in. Turn to Genesis 48, I believe it’s verse 15. Now the King James to me this translation is just not good. And why? It covers up something that is just woven as I said through the Bible. If you read this passage this is Jacob’s final words as he’s going to bless Joseph, “And he blessed Joseph, and the said God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day.” No. The God, let me find it in here, the God, “the God the Shepherding One.” Not “who fed me.” I’ll right it for you on the board.
You’ll see the letters, it has a definite article, “who shepherded me,” the definite article right here, “who shepherded me all, the one shepherding me all my life.” So the imagery of God is a shepherd is there it’s just as I said in translation many things get lost and we try and figure out how we got to that corner. Having said that I followed the imagery in the concept of shepherding and of course when you get into the New Testament, and you may go back to Psalm 23, when you get into the New Testament you know that in John 10 Jesus says of Himself, “I am the good shepherd.”