Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hark! 'tis the Shepherd's voice

Hark! 'tis the Shepherd's voice,
Who with his flock appears;
He bids the tender lambs rejoice,
And banish all their fears.

Though little here below,
You shall to glory rise:
"Fear not," your Father will bestow
A kingdom in the skies.

“Fear not ye little flock,"
Whom Jesus Christ redeems;
‘Tis your's to feed beside that Rock,
Which sends forth living streams.

"Fear not;" though lions roar,
Your Shepherd guards you well;
Soon you shall hear their noise no more
But in your kingdom dwell.

"Fear not;" believe his word;
You are to Jesus given;
'Tis "the good pleasure" of the Lord
To bring you safe to heaven.
                      Joseph Irons

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the
                                                                  Luke 12:32

.....Fear not, little flock.  For the banishing of inordinate cares, it is necessary
that fears should be suppressed.  When we frighten ourselves with an apprehension
of evil to come, we put ourselves upon the stretch of care how to avoid it, when after
all perhaps it is but the creature of our own imagination.  Therefore fear not, little
flock, but hope to the end; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the
kingdom.  This comfortable word we had not in Matthew.  Note,
     1.  Christ's flock in this world is a little flock; his sheep are but few and feeble. 
The church is a vineyard, a garden, a small spot, compared with the wilderness of
this world; as Israel - 1 Kin. 20:27, who were like two little flocks of kids, when
the Syrians filled the country.
     2.  Though it be a little flock, quite over-numbered, and therefore in danger of
being overpowered, by its enemies, yet it is the will of Christ that they should not
be afraid:  "Fear not, little flock, but see yourselves safe under the protection and
conduct of the great and good Shepherd, and lie easy."
     3.  God has a kingdom in store for all that belong to Christ's little flock, a crown
of glory - 1 Pet. 5:4, a throne of power - Rev. 3:21, unsearchable riches, far exceeding
the peculiar treasures of kings and provinces.  The sheep on the right hand are called
to come and inherit the kingdom; it is theirs for ever; a kingdom for each.
     4.  The kingdom is given according to the good pleasure of the Father; it is your
Father's good pleasure; it is given not of debt, but of grace, free grace, sovereign
grace; even so, Father, because it seemed good unto thee.  The kingdom is his;
and may he not do what he will with his own?
     5.  The believing hopes and prospects of the kingdom should silence and suppress
the fears of Christ's little flock in this world.  "Fear no trouble; for, though it should
come, it shall not come between you and the kingdom, that is sure, it is near." 
(That is not an evil worth trembling at the thought of which cannot separate us
from the love of God.)  "Fear not the want of any thing that is good for you; for,
if it be your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom, you need not question
but he will bear your charges thither."
                                                                                           Matthew Henry 

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