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How Big is Your God?

By Mack | February 20, 2008

I was reading a devotion by AW Tozer this morning and it was really eye opening.  If you are not familiar with this man, you are missing a great deal.  He is one of the brightest and most eloquent writers in our time.  He died in 1963, but oh the depth of his understanding of God.  I put together a little video for a small group bible study introducing him, if you want to see it.

Anyway, he was asking if we have done a disservice to God and Jesus by making Jesus out to be a shepherd.  Now Jesus refers to himself as a shepherd on occasion in the bible, but should we think of Him that way?  When you picture Jesus, do you picture a Mideastern looking man with longer hair and maybe with a shepherds hook in His hand?

I must confess, I do.  Or I did!  God, who’s voice shakes the foundations of the earth?  Who made everything we see, and who is the King of the universe!  A shepherd?

Well I think we need to change our thinking.  He isn’t the little baby Jesus that “Ricky Bobbie” wanted to pray to in Talledega Nights. ( In case you haven’t seen that movie, I don’t really recommend it, but Will Ferrell was praying, sarcastically over dinner and said he imagined Jesus as a little baby and wanted to pray to baby Jesus).

Jesus is God and God is a King!  A vast, unbelievably big , all encompassing being that our little earthly minds will never be able to comprehend.  But we can do one thing.  We can stop thinking of Him as a shepherd or a baby, and start thinking of Him as the God of the universe that stooped low to interact with His creation.  And who gave so much, to prove He was (and is) Love.

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  1. Brad - 04/16/2008 at 8:49 am

    Great post. I don’t think we necessarily have to stop thinking of Christ as a shepherdas much as we need to change our thinking of what a shepard was. They were not the cute little precious moments characters that often come to mind, they were rugged, feirce defends of the flock. They gathered the scattered and wandering and kept them safe. They sought out the lost and brought them back to the flock. They killed the lion and the bear. When Christ compares himself to a shepherd, he is refering to the kind of shepherd David was as a young man and not the nativity scene version that we all think of.

    I get what you are saying brother and I agree. God (Christ) is awesome, wonderful, infinite, dangerous, powerful, rugged, mysterious, compasionate, loving, jealous, just, all-encompassing and pure.

    Your Brother in Christ,
    -Murfreesboro, TN

    P.S. I wouldn’t really recommend that movie to anyone either. :)

  2. admin - 04/16/2008 at 9:03 am

    Brad, thanks for commenting. I think we are on the same idea. I agree, we can think of God as a shepherd, but we need to expand that idea and not leave God there.
    thanks again for stopping by!

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