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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For May
Tender Of Sheep
5/12/2017

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Genesis 29:1-13 KJV
(1) Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
(2) And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.
(3) And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.
(4) And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
(5) And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.
(6) And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
(7) And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.
(8) And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.
(9) And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.
(10) And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
(11) And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
(12) And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.
(13) And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.

Women in history are often thought of not doing the work of what in some cultures were consider jobs for men. Yet in Bible history women kept the sheep just like the men. Scripture does not declare women as defender of the sheep as in the days of David, who was known for killing bears and lions while watching over his fatherís flock. Yet what we do know is Rachel came to water her fatherís flock. Where there any men to do this job is unclear, but she came daily to well to feed the sheep. The stone had to be rolled away to feed the sheep. Jacob the son of his mother Rebekah was Rachel cousin. He came looking for his motherís family and to live among them for a time. Upon seeing Rachel, he kissed her and told her how he was kin, and with haste she ran to tell her father.

When Christ rose from the grave the women went to the cave and knew not how the stone would be rolled away. Yet when they arrive the tomb of Christ was rolled back and found empty. He was risen from the grave. In order to water the sheep after the death of Jesus on the cross, something would have to happen. If Jesus been ordinary man, He would not of risen on the third day. He rose so the stone could be rolled away and the sheep of the pasture that heard his voice could be watered.

It was wonderful for Rachel and Laban to hear the voice of Jacob to see him as a long lost family member alive from the dead. Had Rebekah ever cross paths with Laban since she left was unclear, but word she was alive and her son stood before them was music to their ears. To hear the words Christ is risen from the grave is the word the believers need to hear. He not dead but He is alive forever more.

News of Rebekah being well and prosperous would have been long awaited news by family, who spent years wondering about what had become of Rebekah. To hear from loved ones can be exciting news. Today with technology news from loved ones can be instantaneously, yet learning to hear is not taught anymore. It is something going by the wayside. The panic for hours after a storm of not knowing because of lack of a cell phone is almost not necessary, beyond the fact of a dead battery, or rescue need for tower service. Yet even with technology the waiting can be endless if death or emergency care was necessary.

Jesus rose from the grave, it took not long for the news to spread that He came out of the grave and was alive. Over five hundred people were witness to seeing Jesus alive that knew him. The water poured with the news,, Water being the water of life, the water of hope, the water of knowledge of eternity. God was not dead He is alive, there is hope for mankind, through faith in Christ Jesus. He is alive.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the eternal hope of salvation. Thank you for coming for your children through reminder of holding to the faith in Christ. Coming to the empty cave where Christ had laid. The news of hope sounding across the earth, what a joyous sound as if a long lost love one had been found. Godís people never stopped loving Him, they need a spark of faith, to water the sheep in the field. Keep us alive in you with water from above. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Mark 16:1-6 KJV
(1) And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
(2) And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
(3) And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
(4) And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
(5) And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
(6) And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

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