And He Calls His Own Sheep By Name…
We see, and hear, God speaking particular types of Words time and again all through the Bible. The Prophets, like Isiah, a variety of characters and Jesus Christ all use this type of language, these Words, to continually tell us to whom we belong, who we are and to drive home the point that God is calling us by our Identity, our Christ Identity.
Isiah makes it very clear.
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. ~ Isiah 43:1 KJB
Gideon in Judges is not only called upon by God, God actually gives Gideon a new Identity on the spot, much like He does with Simon, who would be called Peter and Saul who would be called Paul.
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. ~ Judges 6:12 KJB
Then Jesus Christ tells us quiet clearer that He knows our name and we know His voice.
To Him the porter opens; and the sheep hear His voice: and he calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out. And when He puts forth His own sheep, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. ~ John 10:3-4 KJB
When we sit in the presence of the Lord and breathe in His Word, His Strength, thank Him for His Presence, His Goodness, His Glory and the Light of His Love we are transformed, our mind is renewed, our heart softened and the wonder of His Majesty and Mystery begin to be revealed right before our eyes. We can feel His presence, we can hear His voice and the Beauty of God fills the space. It is in the Presence of God that we find life, we find love and the strength to let it all go and leave it at the foot of the Cross.
It is the Holy Spirit moving. It is the Holy Spirit speaking to us, delivering the Word of God as spoken by God Himself; Words specifically for our time, our life in this Holy moment.
We are His child, we are children of God and if we will simply accept, believe and walk in this knowledge our life will become all the richer, all the fuller and align with His will.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.