May 03, 2017 by Will Maule

This Lesson From The Israeli Wilderness Will COMPLETELY Change Your View Of Psalm 23!

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most famous Psalm recorded in the Bible. 

It reads: "The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."

But this video from Ray Vander Laan, creator of the Faith Lessons video series with Focus on the Family, will completely shatter your long-held perspective on this infamous passage. 

"As part of a shepherd lesson, I did want to look at one thing in the wilderness that may surprise you a bit. This is called wilderness but it is also called green pastures," Ray explains. 

"From Biblical time until today, it is rare to see a flock in the farm country. There isn't a lot of farm country in this culture. Farmers would keep the shepherds out. You don't want sheep where you can farm. This is the land of the shepherd."

"Right on the hillside across from us you can see those grazing trails cut there by sheep as long ago as Abraham's time. The shepherds lead their sheep across the hillside grazing what's there."

But what is there? It looks bare! Are they rock-eating sheep?! How can you call these green pastures?

"Well, the answer is, there's a small amount of moisture present. They get a little bit of rain every year. Not much, but a little. There is humidity in the air. That moisture condenses and drips along the edge of the rocks. Next to the rocks you get little tufts of green," explains Vander Laan.

"That's what we refer to as the green pastures."

"So the shepherd looks for the hillside, and they move their flock across the hillside. It's one mouthful here, walk a bit, another mouthful."

"That changes the pasture image," says Ray.

And here's the lesson: "Green pastures are not everything you need for the rest of your life."

"Worry is dealing with tomorrow's problems on today's pasture. In the desert, you learn the shepherd will get you what you need for right now. Ten minutes from now, you trust the shepherd!"

Watch the eye-opening video below. 

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