But God- His Healing Rod


We will conclude our look at the uses of the shepherd's rod today. First let's recap. Every shepherd had a rod- one he had made that was perfectly shaped to his hand. It was part of him, an extension of him. It was his authority. So far we've seen it used for discipline and protection. Now let's look at how it was used for healing.

But God Image_Color_CrossEach night the shepherd would lead the flock to a prepared place to sleep. These sheep folds were left in place and shepherd's knew where they were all located. They were shaped like the letter 'U'. As the sheep would enter the fold, the shepherd would be at the entrance with his rod. Each sheep would come under the rod for inspection. Using the rod, the shepherd would run it over their wool, looking for bugs, parasites, stickers, anything unhealthy they may have picked up on that day's journey. Whatever was found, he would remove, cleansing the wound and providing his healing. Given that a shepherd would have a hundred or more sheep, this took some time and effort. The loving care provided by the sheep was profound.

As we did last week, let's see the rod as the Word of God. It is through His Word, by His Spirit, that our Shepherd exposes the hidden parasites- the lies, temptations, and sins- we have picked up, so that we may experience His healing of them.

Hebrews 4:12 says this about Abba's Word; “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

I don't know about you, but that sounds to me like His Word will reveal myself to me. That isn't always a pretty picture. BUT, remember that immediately following His inspection, there is healing and then the sheep would go into the fold and rest. What had happened was that they had picked up painful stuff that they couldn't get rid of or overcome on their own. Just like we get tangled up in believing the lies of the enemy and sometimes falling for his tempting thoughts, so we need our Shepherd to expose them and by His Word heal us. Then we can lie down and rest.

If we continue reading in Hebrews 4, we find the chapter ending like this in verse 16; “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in our time of need.”

I encourage us all this week to take some time to prayerfully allow our Good Shepherd the time to inspect us for all things unhealthy, to remove them from us, and then to enter into His rest, knowing that He is our Shepherd and that we are supremely precious to Him.





If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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