Peace in Difficult Times (Day 4)
One of the greatest joys of Bible study is catching glimpses, like a flash of inspiration, of Jesus himself concealed under the language of the Old Testament. Psalm 23, perhaps the most beloved passage in the whole Bible, discusses God’s care of his people Israel, as a shepherd who leads them and guides them. Like a shepherd, God led his people out of bondage in Egypt, freeing them from slavery and setting them apart from all the peoples of the earth. But there was coming a greater exodus and a greater revelation of our shepherding God. He would not only lead his people from physical bondage, but from spiritual bondage—slavery to sin and death itself. In Christ, God shows himself to be with us in an unimaginable way. Not a faraway God, but now God in the flesh, who humbled himself by becoming a man, even giving up his life for our salvation.