Sharing Sunday: Out to pasture

From the tenth chapter of the Book of John, our Pastor escorted us into an understanding of Jesus as our Shepherd. 

The Good Shepherd.

I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep.  (John 10:14-15)

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Cultivating Truth for the hungry.

He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. (John 10:3-4)

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Patiently tilling the soil.

So Jesus said again, “I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.” (John 10:7, 9)

The Door.  An entry way into the sheepfold. 

An open Door to life everlasting.

And an ushering in to life lived now. 

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Entering through the Door, we find pasture.

That word. 

Pasture

Looking deeply into its meaning, Matthew Henry shared a most refreshing thought.

God’s Word is the green pasture in which food is provided for all believers, by which spiritual life is supported and nourished.

Our daily bread.  The richness of lush feeding.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures (Psalm 23:2a)

I am invited to the succulent meadow. 

When a father dies tragically.

I graze on fertile grassland.

When sickness weighs heavy.

I feast on the luscious range.

When darkness closes in.

I partake on the tender prairie.

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Lying down in green pastures. 

Not rushing through.

Abiding deeply in the Word.

Never barren.  Never a drought. 

Always nourishing.  Satisfying.  Filling.  Refreshing.

And so I find myself out to pasture.

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For more encouragement to lie down in green pastures:

Secondhand steak.  Want some?

A Time to be Quiet

Tired of Being Tangled?

Life among the dead

About Cristal

Living life fully as the wife of one, a mother of two and follower of The One.
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8 Responses to Sharing Sunday: Out to pasture

  1. dschondog says:

    Interesting thought that green pastures are God’s Word where we are spiritually fed. My granddaughter has a book about a sheep from God’s pasture meeting a sheep from a cruel shepherd’s pasture. I don’t know the name of the book, but it is great for discussing with children who are in good situations to watch out for and watch over those who are not. It is a good awareness book for the school-ager. Kira is 6 and she really thinks about the discussion questions at the end of each section and I am amazed at her ability to synthesize what is happening in the story and put forth a strategy that would help the sheep that would need help.

    A privileged grandmother here,
    Dawn

    • Cristal says:

      I’d love to have the name of that book if you ever think of it, Dawn! And, yes, thinking of the green pastures as a place to abide in Him and His Word was new to me. I had, honestly, always thought if was the pleasure pasture (where my needs and desires were satisfied). Which could be the fruit of abiding!

      • dschondog says:

        I asked my son. He said the name of the book was Sammy and His Shepherd by Susan Hunt. I so enjoyed talking with my sweet little granddaughter about spiritual things through the story of two little sheep from very different circumstances.

        Blessings to you and yours!

  2. As always, a great post! Really enjoyed the drawing, too!

  3. Vince Chough says:

    Cristal – Thanks for taking us by the hand and showing us the Lord’s heavenly pastures. It was a walking meditation full of richness and contrasts… and God’s profound truths. You are blessed! Vince

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