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Emanna for 01/20/2020

The Perfect Shepherd

Bible Verses

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all respects like us, yet without sin. John 10:11 I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

Words of Ministry

Joseph's biography indicates that he had no defects. According to the record, he was altogether perfect. In the Bible Joseph is the perfect one in the Old Testament, and Jesus is the perfect One in the New Testament. The four biographies of Jesus in the New Testament reveal that He was perfect, without defect. The record of Joseph in the Old Testament reveals that he also was perfect. With the exception of Joseph, all the personal types of Christ in the Old Testament
[such as David, Solomon, etc.]
had some shortcomings. This perfect aspect is a shepherd. This typifies the aspect of the constitution of Christ in the mature life that is the shepherding life to take care of others. In chapter thirty- seven Joseph not only fed and shepherded the flock; although he was the second youngest brother, he was sent by his father to shepherd his brothers. Thus, Joseph shepherded not only his father's flock, but also his father's sons. The Lord Jesus also came as a shepherd (John 10:11). Although you may be new in the church life, you nevertheless have the constitution of Christ within you. Christ has been constituted into you, and this becomes the constitution of Christ in your spiritual life. This is what gives you the burden to take care of others. This is shepherding. The constitution of Christ in our spiritual life has a shepherding aspect.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Genesis, 1987, pp. 1411, 1414. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 9/3/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.