Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates;and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: Isaiah 45:1-2.
The relationship between the sheep and shepherd is a beaut. It’s intimate, active and personal not general. The shepherd calls his sheep by name and every sheep answers to his name. There are no mistaken identities, nor confused names. The names are fun, it’s one of the high points of the relationship. The sheep hears the voice of his shepherd and knows his name. The name is not known to another, no wonder they flee from strangers. It’s pure bliss for the sheep to be called by the name. Where Cyrus was in the verse above your name can be inserted. That unlocks this verse of scripture and lightens up your life. He not only call your name, he holds your right hand.
“But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice:and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him:for they know his voice.”John 10:2-4.
The sheep is led by the voice of the shepherd. Some have surmised that the sheep is blind, she can only see his voice. No wonder he holds his right hand and leads him out. One thing is sure, the shepherd is with, by and before the sheep. The sheep is too defended to be a victim. The possibility of going left is rare as the right hand is held. The pastures are on the right places along the right paths. It’s also a path of conquest; nations subdued, the loins of kings loosed. Fortune obtained, pleasant places received; that is the green pastures. The shepherd is the password to fortune; the lord is my shepherd!
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”Psalms 23:1-2.