Isaiah 33:12 The Shepherd and the Sheep

Though he must maintain his priority of office, it is understandable if he steps back into the role of a sheep from time to time.

Isaiah 33:12 (KJV)
And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.

The circumstance of this passage is a prayer of dependence upon God in the face of Assyrian threats. I can’t imagine the terror Jerusalem must have been under as they watched Assyria defeat and dispatch northern Israel into oblivion. They would have been certain this would be their fate. 

Except for God. 

Was it arrogant of them to believe God would do for them what He did not do for their brethren? Of course Jerusalem disagreed with Israel. They had rebelled against the throne in Israel. They had set up their own systems of worship. Were they so wrong God would destroy them? More importantly was Jerusalem so right God would save them?

Into this environment the prophet offers the Word of God. He provides them with a direction for prayer. But in the middle of his sermon he switches from the first person to the third. “Be thou their arm every morning.” He switched from teaching them what to pray to praying himself. 

The preacher is in a unique situation. As the preacher he is to remain detached, he seeks to please God rather than men. He is God’s spokesman to the flock. But he is also one of the flock. Though he must maintain his priority of office, it is understandable when he steps back into the role of a sheep from time to time.

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Isaiah 33:12 The Shepherd and the Sheep

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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