Who is He of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is THE GOOD SHEPHERD. Why doth He carry the lambs in His bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts His heart. The sighs, the ignorance, and the feebleness of the little ones of His flock draw forth His compassion. It is His office, as a faithful High Priest, to consider the weak. Besides, He purchased them with blood, they are His property: He must and will care for that which cost Him so dear. Then He is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant engagements not to lose one. Moreover, they are all a part of His glory and reward.
But how may we understand the expression, “He will carry them”? Sometimes He carries them by not permitting them to endure many trials. Providence deals tenderly with them. Often they are “carried” by being filled with an unusual degree of love so that they bear up and stand fast. Though their knowledge may not be deep, they have great sweetness in what they do know. Frequently He “carries” them by giving them a very simple faith, which takes the promise just as it stands, and believingly runs with every trouble straight to Jesus. The simplicity of their faith gives them an unusual degree of confidence, which carries them above the world.
“He carries the lambs in His bosom.” Here is boundless affection. Would He put them in His bosom if He did not love them much? Here is tender nearness: so near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is hallowed familiarity: there are precious love-passages between Christ and His weak ones. Here is perfect safety: in His bosom who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and the sweetest comfort. Surely we are not sufficiently sensible of the infinite tenderness of Jesus! – C.H. Spurgeon
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Isaiah 40:11
7:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting and Deacon Election
Thursday, May 19
6:00 p.m. Session Meeting
7;30 p.m. Session and Board Meeting
Sunday, May 22
9:55 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship – Dr. Saunders
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. National Prayer – on Zoom
6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Dr. Saunders
Wednesday, May 25
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer
Tuesday, May 31
7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – on Zoom
June 6-8, 2022
7:30 p.m. Congregational Prayer
The Shorter Catechism
Q106: What do we pray for in the sixth petition?
A: In the sixth petition, [which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,] we pray, That God would either keep us from being tempted to sin,1 or support and deliver us when we are tempted.2
1. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. (Matthew 26:41a).
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. (Psalms 19:13a).
2. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. v12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:10, 12).
The Children's Catechism - History
Q62: What is told us about Solomon?
A: He asked God for wisdom, and he became the wisest of men.