Fear No Evil

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. –Ps. 23:4

Jesus, our Good Shepherd, walks with us as we travel through the perilous vallies of life, and even at the time of death. Shepherds, like David, would guide their flock up through the valley to the high country during summer. There were good grazing areas and fresh running streams for the flocks there. There were also many dangers such as coyotes and bears hiding on the cliffs ready to attack. The shepherd stayed very close to thee flock, searching for these dangers. The sheep have no reason to fear because he is with them.
The rod was a symbol of authority, protection, strength, intimacy and care. It was actually a club that the shepherd used to kill or run off predators. The shepherd also used the rod to stop wandering sheep from getting into trouble Sheep passed under the rod when they came into the fold. “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant;” (Ezek. 20:37). Inside the fold, the shepherd used the rod to search the sheep for wounds. The Good Shepherd accounts for and cares for each one of His sheep.
The staff was the symbol of intimacy and guidance. It was used to keep the lambs with their mothers, or to pull a sheep closer to the shepherd. The shepherd laid the staff against the sheep applying a little pressure in order to guide them in the right direction.
David has given us the perfect picture of our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ from the view of a shepherd. How marvelous is the care of our Good Shepherd. Fear not, little flock, your Shepherd is near.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.