Getting To Know God
Jehovah Ra`ah - The Door To Mercy & Goodness
The LORD Our Shepherd - The Door - The Mercy Of God - The Goodness Of God's Suffering
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 [does] his flock.’ For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he.”
Though God has disciplined Israel many times for their sin, He has always been faithful to preserve the spiritual integrity of a remnant so that He could fulfill His promises to them. When Israel was in captivity to Babylon, God assured His people that, just as He had the power to scatter them to chasten them, He was also the Good Shepherd, having the ability to herd them back to pasture! God promised to bring them back to their land through redemption. He would pay the price required to repair the relationship between Himself and His people, ultimately suffering to the point of death, to redeem the souls of His people.
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