Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 5, 2018

“I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold; Like a flock in the midst of its pasture”

Today’s devotion comes from Micah chapter 2.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah+2&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Woe to those who scheme iniquity,
Who work out evil on their beds!
When morning comes, they do it,
For it is in the power of their hands.
2 They covet fields and then seize them,
And houses, and take them away.
They rob a man and his house,
A man and his inheritance.

3 Therefore thus says the LORD,

“Behold, I am planning against this family a calamity
From which you cannot remove your necks;
And you will not walk haughtily,
For it will be an evil time.

8 “Recently My people have arisen as an enemy—
You strip the robe off the garment
From unsuspecting passers-by,
From those returned from war.
9 “The women of My people you evict,
Each one from her pleasant house.
From her children you take My splendor forever.

12 “I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob,
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel.
I will put them together like sheep in the fold;
Like a flock in the midst of its pasture
They will be noisy with men.
13 “The breaker goes up before them;
They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it.
So their king goes on before them,
And the LORD at their head.”  Micah 2:1-3 and 8-9 and 12-13.

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Although there are those who do evil as stated in verses 1-2 and 8-9, the LORD will punish them as stated in verse 3, and the LORD will gather and protect His elect, “the remnant of Israel”, as stated in verses 12-13.

The image of the LORD’s care for them is that of a shepherd who gathers, protects, and provides for his sheep.  And, the LORD will lead them.

“I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob,
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel.
I will put them together like sheep in the fold;
Like a flock in the midst of its pasture …”  Verse 12.

“… So their king goes on before them,
And the LORD at their head.”  Verse 13.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd Who said:  “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father;  and I lay down My life for the sheep.  I have other sheep, which are not of this fold;  I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice;  and they will become one flock with one shepherd.”  John 10:14-16.

“The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”  Psalm chapter 23.


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