The LORD is my shepherd. These first five words of the 23 Psalm represent the highest realm of spiritual thought that all men/women should strive to attain. It is the spiritual realm that Yahushua himself demonstrated in his three-year earthly ministry. It is/was a total sacrifice of the I, (ego) in position of conscious control, for Yahweh, and his word to rule.
The Bible is a book of symbolism, metaphors, and allegories, of which these first five words of the 23 Psalm are. To properly interpret its hidden meanings, all quests for understanding must begin with sincere meditation. Those individuals who have studied the word, know this to be true, for Yahushua himself often separated from his disciples to spend time in meditation.
Many are they who are offended by the word meditation, because it alludes to Yahushua engaging in a religious practice not often taught in Christianity. Yet, to obtain this height of spiritual thought, the undertaking of meditation must be engaged.
The LORD (Yahweh) is my shepherd. What is being expressed? From a physical perspective, we see the image of a powerful shepherd watching over his sheep, but we seek a spiritual understanding. Yahushua, then is our best example. David wrote the psalm, but it was prophetic prose speaking of a time when the thoughts of man will be governed by his surrender to Yahweh. Know you not, that once man attain this realm of thought he has returned to the relationship he had with the Father in the GARDEN before the fall.
This is your spiritual journey. So, when one says, “The LORD is, or Yahweh is my Shepherd, he speaks of a mental journey where one seeks to have all thoughts return to a governance by the Father. There can be no LORD is, if the sheep, (thoughts) remain under the control of the I (ego). The 23 Psalm speaks of a time when man/woman existed in the garden living in perfect peace, having all good provided to him, with no lack, BY THE FATHER.
But man sinned, took his conscious focus away from God and turned it unto himself. In this state man would know good and evil, as spoken by God, because man did not understand the nature of his true self. Then God drove man out of the garden, or separated his spiritual glory from man, placing man in a state called the wilderness. Now man wanders in the wilderness, convoluted with religious chaos that keeps many from seeing the true path that leads to a oneness with the Father through righteousness, which is the right use of mental thought.
Once man/woman has sacrifice her will, as demonstrated by Yahushua when he said, “Not my will, but thy will be done.” she enters into that spiritual relationship where only the will of the Father rules, and his will brings forth only good. Know you not that this is what is meant by the word, “Redeemed?” When man becomes redeemed, it is a sacrifice of his (ego will) to a return to God’s will be done. Only through this sacrifice does man enter into that relationship express in the Genesis story about the Garden in Eden.
Think, open your eyes and see. Before Yahushua began his ministry, was he not first driven into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan? Was not man cast out of the Garden into the wilderness when he was tempted by Satan and failed? Lost man wandering in the wilderness needed a savior to show him the way back to the Father, to be symbolically restored to the Garden. Yahushua is that savior, and he is saying, “Take up your cross and follow me.”
He began his ministry in the wilderness where all men reside, but when he was taken capture by the multitude from the chief priests and the elders of the people, he was in the beautiful Garden of Gethsemane, where he prayed these powerful words, “Father, if it were possible, take this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my WILL, but THY WILL be done.”
With those powerful words, Yahushua is expressing, “The LORD is my shepherd. He is surrendering all conscious control of thought unto the Father. We see in that moment the sweat dripping down his face. His anguish so intense, he even sweats blood, yet he does not surrender to the temptation of the flesh.
Do you still not see? Was not Adam born in the garden created into the “The LORD is my shepherd oneness with the Father?” Did he not then taste of the forbidden fruit, and his eyes were turned inward unto self. Does not the scripture say, “the tree was good, pleasant to desire, able to make ONE wise? Isn’t this a turning away from the will of God to becoming self will, governed by the ego, called I?
So now we see the only begotten son tempted in the garden, as was the first man Adam. The horrific suffering he is to endure, known to him, causing him to pray. “Father, if it were possible, take this cup from me. But there was no hesitation in Yahuhua’s voice to speak the words that followed. “Nevertheless, not MY WILL, thy WILL be done.” His was a sacrifice of the self, the ego I, so that the will of the Father reigns supreme.
When man sacrifices the ego controlling self, called I. The I, to which Yahushua himself said, “I of MYSELF can do nothing,” he places himself on the road called redemption, which leads to a relationship with the Father, in which he can boldly say, “The LORD (Yahweh) is my shepherd, I shall not WANT!
Do you now see? Does not every word that follows after the first five words describe what the Father is providing for his child. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside still waters, He restoreth my soul…
When man through meditation, determines to sacrifice that ego, called I, so that his spiritual man can be quickened, and made ALIVE, only then can he understand the powerful, first five word of the 23rd Psalm, and only then will he be able to say assuredly, “The LORD (Yahweh) is my Shepherd.”
I AM your False Doctrine Assassin, let Yahweh’s peace be with you always.