Our Green Pastures

Welcome back,

As we continue our journey through the 23rd Psalm, we will begin this week to look at the first line of the second verse; 'He makes me lie down in green pastures.' (NASB)

There is quite a bit to talk about in this line. I will share just a couple of misconceptions I had for years. The first is that of my mental image of green pastures. I grew up in the Kansas and have spent a fair amount of time in England. Large, green, lush meadows abound in those locations. However, David's experience was largely different. Israel is not like England. Israel is largely rocky, hilly, terrain. There are green pastures, but you must know where to look. This is one way in which a shepherd is essential to his sheep. Another misconception I had was with the word 'makes'. I envisioned times of making my children take naps, go to bed on time, or eat their vegetables. Here we have a different situation. Sheep will only lie down when they are well fed and feel safe. So, the shepherd has led them to the pasture and they have filled themselves mad then lie down in the abundance of what still remains. Seeing that there is more to eat than they need, and hearing the shepherd's voice and knowing he is watching over them, they are 'made' to lie down and rest.
Let's remember this week Who our shepherd is and that Because of Him, we can lie down from our worries and stresses, and rest. Enjoy






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. For 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket 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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