From the Word
“I AM I AM the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
Jesus identifies Himself as Yahweh in Psalm 23. He calls us to see Him as the Shepherd of Old Testament fame. He is Yahweh, the Lord, who called Moses from the burning bush. He came to earth to be our deliverer from sin. His name (Yeshua/Jesus) means “Yahweh saves.” He uses I AM I AM in this text to identify Himself as the Shepherd of Psalm 23.
I AM I AM is my Shepherd, I shall not be in need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.
God provides for all our needs, body and soul. The greatest provision is His coming in the person of our Good Shepherd, Jesus, to redeem us body and soul, bringing us to God, and assuring us of eternal life in heaven. He did this by His death for us and His resurrection.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies.
Jesus entered the valley of the shadow of death to shepherd us through by dying and rising again. He has conquered our enemies, sin, death, and Satan. The Good Shepherd’s death and resurrection has conquered once and for all time.
You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Jesus said, “I am with you all the days, even to the end of the age.” Where He is, so also are His goodness and mercy. They have followed us all our days in this life, and will continue until this life ends. As He has dwelt with us, so we will dwell with Him in heaven forever. All this because the Good Shepherd (I AM I AM) laid down His life for the sheep. As you walk by faith in this life toward heaven, know you are in the arms of I AM I AM, the Good Shepherd.