Ezekiel.34:23 – Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd. “And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I the LORD have spoken.
The Lord has revealed Himself throughout scripture as the Shepherd of His flock. He is said to look at us as weary and scattered like sheep with no shepherd. One of the basic functions of a shepherd is to make sure his sheep have plenty to eat. Skinny sheep are just not a good testimony for the shepherd. As David said, “He makes me lie down in green pastures”.
What is the point of green pastures for sheep? It is our food of course. For us spiritual sheep, our green pastures are the precious word of God. Every word that has been recorded for us is food for our soul. There have been times when there is a famine for the word of God. Not now! God’s written word is available in multiple translations to most of the people on the planet. He has literally made us to lie down in His green pastures of abundance. Here is how Spurgeon describes the Shepherd feeding His sheep.
“What are these “green pastures” but the Scriptures of truth—always fresh, always rich, and never exhausted? There is no fear of biting the bare ground where the grass is long enough for the flock to lie down in it. Sweet and full are the doctrines of the gospel; fit food for souls, as tender grass is natural nutriment for sheep. When by faith we are enabled to find rest in the promises, we are like the sheep that lie down in the midst of the pasture; we find at the same moment both provender and peace, rest and refreshment, serenity and satisfaction. But observe: “He maketh me to lie down.” It is the Lord who graciously enables us to perceive the preciousness of his truth, and to feed upon it. How grateful ought we to be for the power to appropriate the promises!”
Eating is one of the great joys of life. We eat for nourishment but certainly pleasure is involved. Feasting on God’s word is just the same. We may start feeding on it regularly because we know it is good for us. Before you know it you will be caught up in the pleasure of eating God’s word. The Lord has led us into beautiful green pastures, I think its time to chow down