Getting To Know God

Jehovah Ra`ah

The LORD Our Shepherd - The Door - The Mercy Of God - The Goodness Of God's Suffering

It’s generally understood by people who believe in the Bible, that God is good. However, the Bible is very specific to identify the reasons and ways that God manifests His goodness. The scriptures explain that God doesn’t just do “good” things, but that He is the source of all legitimate goodness. One of the chief ways that He illustrates and manifests His goodness is as “the LORD Our Shepherd.” This month we’ll examine God’s identity as the source of all goodness, especially eternal and spiritually-centered goodness. The scriptures teach that God reveals Himself as the Good Shepherd by also describing Himself as The Door, or the exclusive means by which anyone can access the goodness that only comes from Him, especially in eternal life. The manner in which God reveals His goodness is ALWAYS on the platter of mercy, which was ultimately manifested through His own suffering on the cross.

The Stone And The Shepherd


Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; his branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, shot [at him] and hated him...

Genesis 49:22-25

Going Before The Congregation


“Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out..."

Numbers 27:16-17

Cause To Give Thanks


Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for [He is] good! For His mercy [endures] forever. And say, “Save us, O God of our salvation; gather us together, and deliver us...

1 Chronicles 16:34-35

Contentment, Rest, Peace


The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1

Between The Cherubim


Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell [between] the cherubim, shine forth! Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, stir...

Psalm 80:1-2

God's Handling Of Rebellion


For He [is] our God, and we [are] the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: Do not harden your hearts, as in the...

Psalm 95:7-9

Remember When Entering


Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, [and] into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, [and] bless His name. For the LORD [is] good; His mercy [is]...

Psalm 100:4-5

The Beloved


[The Beloved]: If you do not know, O fairest among women, follow in the footsteps of the flock, and feed your little goats beside the shepherds' tents.

Song Of Solomon 1:8

Behold, The LORD!


Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong [hand], and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward [is] with Him, and His work before Him. He will feed His...

Isaiah 40:10-11

The Shepherding Lamb


All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was...

Isaiah 53:6-7

Scattering And Gathering


"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare [it] in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd..."

Jeremiah 31:10-11

The Shepherd Seeks


For thus says the Lord GOD: "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his..."

Ezekiel 34:11-12

David The Shepherd


"They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all..."

Ezekiel 37:23-24

The Shepherd Of Israel


And He shall stand and feed [His flock] in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God; and they shall abide, for now He shall be great to the...

Micah 5:4

Strike The Shepherd!


"Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion," Says the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered..."

Zechariah 13:7

Dividing Sheep From Goats


"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered..."

Matthew 25:31-33

Moved With Compassion


And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to...

Mark 6:34

Following The Shepherd


“The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.” Then He said to...

Luke 9:22-24

The Lamb Of God


The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

John 1:29

The Door


"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture."

John 10:9

The Good Shepherd


“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

John 10:11

One Shepherd, One Flock


"As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring..."

John 10:15-16

Leading Into Repentance


Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Romans 2:4

The Door Of Access


And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Ephesians 2:17-18

The Goodness Of Our Shepherd


This [is] a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I...

1 Timothy 1:15-16

The Shepherding Of Jesus


Therefore, in all things He had to be made like [His] brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make...

Hebrews 2:17-18

God's Everlasting Covenant Fulfilled


Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant…

Hebrews 13:20

The Overseer Of Our Souls


For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 2:25

The Chief


And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

1 Peter 5:4

Praise To The Lamb Forever!


And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and..."

Revelation 5:13

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