Geo-Politics and the Compassionate Shepherd of Israel

I have to say, paying attention to geo-politics and the happenings of the world gets rather exhausting. I think the only thing that does not exhaust, at least me, is focusing on Jesus Christ, and how He views the world. One of my favorite shepherdjesuspictures of this is how Jesus is called the Shepherd of Israel, and how he illustrates this in that instance when the multitudes were following him around all over Galilee; the text says of this:

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36

This is how Jesus views the multitudes; whether they be in Syria, North Korea, Afghanistan, Sudan, the U.S.A,, the U.K., New Zealand, Australia, etc. His view of the world is not like a despotic ruler, not like an elected official; His view of the world is like a Shepherd King (like David, but the second David). His people are the outcasts, the motley crew, that the world considers the scum of the earth; and interestingly, this bifurcation between the outcasts, and the non-out-casts is overcome by this Shepherd who was not content to cast the first stone, but instead, as the Good Shepherd, he laid his life down for the sheep, for all people (Jn. 10).

I have no greater refreshment than to know that Jesus is the shepherd and lover of our souls. When I look out at this chaotic world scene, I see the backdrop painted for us in the book of Revelation of God’s Shepherd “Kinged” heavenly kingdom orienting all of these brutal realities back to this Great and Compassionate Shepherd, who became the Ultimate Sheep, slain for us; that we might be led by Him next to the still waters flowing from the river of life that produces fruit trees whose leaves brings healing to the nations. I find great refreshment in this.

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