Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 50:6 which says,
“My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.”
This chapter is talking about Babylon, but in this verse and a few verses before it, the Lord is talking about the Israelites. So because this verse is talking about the Israelites, it means that the Israelites were lost sheep and that their (false) shepherds had led them astray. Also they had lost sight of and forgotten their own resting place! Imagine if you lost sight of your bed for a little while, and then forgot about it, where would you sleep in the night? Probably the floor, and that was the predicament that the Israelites were in.
If you don’t understand what I mean when I say that the Israelites were sheep, or that they went over the mountains because of their (false) shepherds then let me explain. I am talking spiritually, and so is this verse. What this means is that they had been led away from the Lord by false prophets, and that they had forgotten that the Lord was the one who sustained and helped them, so that’s what I mean. Because the Israelites were like sheep because they were led astray.
And the verse in Jeremiah doesn’t only apply to the Israelites. It applies to us, but how? Well the Israelites had been led astray like little sheep, and they forgot their resting place, their place of refuge. And we were born astray, we were born away from the place of refuge. You may say “I was a christian since birth because my grandfather was a christian” but that’s not true, but anyway back to the point. We were lost from our place of refuge.
But how could we find it again? Well first of all like I said we were born astray or away from our refuge. But we can find our refuge in Jesus! Jesus is the refuge that we can go to, He is our resting place. But how is He our resting place and our refuge? Well we were sinners that were going to die because of our sins. And because we couldn’t (and can’t on our own) be perfect, we needed a perfect sacrifice. But of course animals aren’t perfect either, so we were going to die and there was no way out of it. But that is where Jesus comes in.
Jesus was (and is) perfect because He was (and is) the son of God (although Jesus is also God because Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are 3 in 1) and He died for our sins! But why would the son of God (also God) die for us? Because He loves us, John explains it clearly in John 3:16,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
So this verse tells us that God loved us so much that He would give His son to die for us. Jesus actually came down from Heaven to die for our sins! And now (if your saved) you and me are sheep that have been taken in by the good shepherd, Jesus. Jesus is the true shepherd, and He doesn’t lead us astray.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. (NIV John 10:7-11)
In this verse it confirms that Jesus is the good shepherd. And He is also the gate for the sheep. So He is the sheep’s (our) refuge and our place of rest and He is our shepherd.
To recap, the Israelites were like sheep who had been led astray by false shepherds and we were sheep (spiritually) that had been born astray and (physically) we were going to die because of our sins, but Jesus saved us by dying on the cross for us. And not only that but Jesus is our refuge and our place of rest.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins, thank you so much Jesus.
Are you trusting in Jesus as you good shepherd, refuge and resting place?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.