Friday, December 10, 2010

The Promise of His Coming (10)

Have you heard the news? It's even better than the news that Santa Claus is coming to town - God is coming! That's the message for the herald of good news in Isaiah 40. Jerusalem, Zion, is to be the messenger for the cities of Judah. God is on his way!

And what will God do when he comes? In this particular section, the focus is on the LORD GOD coming in might, acting like a shepherd:

Behold, the LORD GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. (Isaiah 40:10-11)

The mighty Lord acts tenderly towards his flock, particularly the lambs and the pregnant mothers. While there is recompense for his enemies, his loved ones know only his tenderness and the blessing of his reward.

The shepherd king is coming - the good shepherd who will lay down his life for his sheep. Come, shepherd king!

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