I started writing about this name of God, Jehovah-Raah back on February 20. Then I got sidetracked with Coronavirus and writing posts on where I draw my comfort from and how to handle fear.. I also shared the beginnings of a post called How Did Jesus Love? I was going to come back and share the printables that we made for a Ladies Coffee Bar Event, so I will have to remember to do that next week! So much has happened in the past month!
Today, I wanted to share the printables I made up for our ladies’ Sunday School class for the name of God, Jehovah-Raah. Isn’t the truth that The Lord is Our Shepherd a wonderful comfort in perilous times?
He leads and guides us. He protects us from evil. He gives us peace, and He gives us what we need. He restores us when we need restoration. Even if our pathway leads to death — which one day it will — He is with us and we have no need to fear. His goodness and mercy will be with me every single day!
Just knowing that I have an all-loving Shepherd gives me peace and calm when the world around me exhibits fear and unrest. My all-loving Shepherd will never leave me — I am His lamb. He gave His life for me. What more could I desire?
In the last post on this name of God, I talked more about what the name of God actually means. This week, we’ll talk about how we can apply this name of God to our lives.
First of all, the Lord protects, provides, directs, leads, and cares for His people. God tenderly takes care of us as a strong and patient shepherd.
- He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: Psalm 23:2
As a believer, we can know His will for our life for He guides us.
- I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm 32:8
- . . . he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3
This name gives us assurance that God is always watching over us.
- Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
Jehovah Raah can be translated “companion or friend.”
“Jesus is our great Shepherd and we are intimate with Him. . . . He will lead you, feed you, bring judgment, and keep you from folly. He is your close and intimate companion and friend.” Marilyn Hickey
- . . . for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
- Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: Psalm 23:5-6
Here are some more references for Jehovah-raah or of Jesus/God being our Shepherd
- Isaiah 53:6
- I Peter 2:25 – the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls
- I Peter 5:4 – the Chief Shepherd
- Hebrews 13:20 – the great Shepherd
- Revelation 7:17 – “For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” ESV
- Psalm 80:1 – Shepherd of Israel
Jesus is Jehovah-raah, the good Shepherd who laid down His life for all people.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. . . . 4 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:11, 14-16
Here is the printable worksheet I used when I taught this lesson. You can print out the verse graphic here.
- Names of God (List of books I used to study for this series)
- Elohim, The Creator God (free printables)
- El Elyon, The God Most High (free printables)
- El-Roi, The God Who Sees (free printables)
- El-Shaddai, The All-Sufficient One (free printables)
- Adonai, The Lord (free printables)
- Jehovah, The Self-Existent One, Part 1
- Jehovah, The Self-Existent One, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide, Part 1
- Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah-Rapha: The Lord Who Heals, Part 1
- Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Who Heals, Part 2
- Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Who Heals, Part 3 (free printables)
- Jehovah Nissi: The Lord My Banner, Part 1
- Jehovah Nissi: The Lord My Banner, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah-mekoddishkem: The Lord Who Sanctifies You, Part 1
- Jehovah-mekoddishkem: The Lord Who Sanctifies You, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord Is Peace, Part 1
- Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord is Peace, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah-Sabaoth: The Lord of Hosts, Part 1
- Jehovah-Sabaoth: The Lord of Hosts, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah Raah: The Lord is My Shepherd, Part 1
- Jehovah Raah: The Lord is My Shepherd, Part 2 (free printables)
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