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Jehovah Raah     The Lord is my Shepherd

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The LORD is MY Shepherd – Jehovah Roi.  He is not just "a" Shepherd or "Israel's" Shepherd, but He is your personal Shepherd.  When you recognize the good shepherd, follow him!


God is first pictured as a Shepherd in Gen 48:15, “God which fed me all my life“.  Jacob highlights the tender care & watchfulness God had shown for Jacob all the days of his life, despite his faults. Jehovah can be your personal Shepherd regardless of your past failures or present faults.


Psalm 23 is a focus on the discipleship qualities of those who follow the Shepherd. In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience because he had spent his early years caring for sheep. Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. The New Testament calls Jesus the good shepherd (Joh_10:11), the great Shepherd (Heb_13:20), and the Great Shepherd (1Pe_5:4).  As the Lord is the good shepherd, so we are his sheep—not frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers, wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways.


(yeh-ho-vaw' raw-aw')

Definition: (Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions)

1)      to pasture, tend, graze, feed

a.       (Qal)

                                                   i.      to tend, pasture

1.      to shepherd

2.      of ruler, teacher (figuratively)

3.      of people as flock (figuratively)

4.      shepherd, herdsman (substantive)

                                                 ii.      to feed, graze

1.      of cows, sheep etc (literal)

2.      of idolater, Israel as flock (figuratively)

b.      (Hiphil) shepherd, shepherdess

2)      to associate with, be a friend of (meaning probable)

a.      (Qal) to associate with

b.      (Hithpael) to be companions

3)      (Piel) to be a special friend

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Scripture reference notes:

References of the name Jehovah-Raah in the Old Testament: Gen 48:15; Gen 49:24; Psa 23:1; Psa 80:1

Raah occurs 172 times in the KJV.

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