365 days with Newton

8 SEPTEMBER

His eye is upon them

‘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, 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.’ Hebrews 13:20–21
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Ezekiel 34:11–16

The Shepherd seeks the sheep out while wandering upon the dark mountains and brings them into his fold. Not one shall be lost or overlooked. When they know him, then they shall experience:
(i) his care. Though his flock is large and widely dispersed, he has his eye upon them all at once and every moment. He never slumbers nor sleeps, and is as present to each one as if he had but that one. I am with you in all places.
(ii) his tenderness. O this good Shepherd has an especial regard to the weak and wounded of the flock (Isaiah 40:11 [He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young]).
(iii) his bounty. He provides well for them. The eyes of all wait upon him; he gives them their food in due season [Psalm 145:15]. He leads them to green pastures, living waters, promises, ordinances, manifestations, so that they are satisfied as with marrow and fatness.
(iv) his power. He shall stand and feed in the majesty of the Lord. He is able to protect them in the midst of wolves and cruel enemies. Once when the wolf came, because they were his own sheep, he laid down his life for them, but now he dieth no more, but lives to save them to the uttermost.
O that I could commend him to sinners. The fold is not full, the Shepherd is waiting—yet there is room. Unless Jesus is your Shepherd the wolves of hell will prey upon your souls forever. You that are seeking, take courage—think of his tenderness. Let his people look to him and rejoice in him continually.
FOR MEDITATION:
When Satan threatens to devour,
There, ’midst the flock the Shepherd dwells,
When troubles press on every side;
The sheep around in safety lie;
Think of our Shepherd’s care and power,
The wolf, in vain, with malice swells,
He can defend, he will provide.
For he protects them with his eye.

SERMON SERIES: HEBREWS 13:20–21, NO. 2 [3/3]

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