“He saw a huge crowd and had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd....”
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One of the titles Matthew gives Jesus is “Son of David.” From the line of David, Messiah Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who came to redeem the lost sheep of Israel.
Perhaps, the most well-known Davidic song is Psalm 23*, “The Lord Is My Shepherd.” Not only is Psalm 23 poetically beautiful, but it is also prophetic. Here in Mark 6*, we see David’s prophecy of Jesus’ ministry being fulfilled.
“The Lord Is My Shepherd;” Psalm 23:1a
“So as he stepped ashore, He saw a huge crowd and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” Mark 6:34
“There is nothing I lack.” Psalm23:1b
“When it was already late, His disciples approached Him and said, ‘This place is a wilderness, and it is already late! Send them away so they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages to buy something for themselves to eat.’ ‘You give them something to eat,’ He responded.” Mark 6:35-37
“He lets me lie down in green pastures;” Psalm 23:2a
“Then He instructed the disciples to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.” Mark 6:39
“He leads me beside quiet waters.” Psalm 23:2b
“People ran there by land from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. So as He stepped ashore, He saw the crowds and had compassion on them.” Mark 6:33b-34a
“He renews my life;” Psalm 23:3a
“Everyone ate and was filled.” Mark 6:42
“He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3b
“Then He began to teach them many things.” Mark 6:34b
Perhaps, as you continue to read and compare Mark 6 with Psalm 23, you will recall similarities of Jesus’ shepherding in your own life.
*All verses are HCSB
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©Steve Wiggins 2021