Little Flock

(Taken from the exposition of Luke 12:29-34 by G. Campbell Morgan)

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”

Observe an interesting and vital connection here. Seek ye the Kingdom. It is your Father's pleasure to give you the Kingdom. He will give US what we seek. He will give us all the benefits of the Kingdom, if the passion of our heart is that of seeking it; that Kingdom which His wisdom governs, His power sustains, His love encompasses.

What a comprehensive and revealing word of Jesus this is;

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”

Supposing, for the sake of argument, a purely and merely literary critic came across that sentence in some new brochure, I can imagine such a critic saying, The person who wrote this, or said this, broke down in his figures of speech. He begins,

"Fear not, little flock."

That is the figure of the shepherd and his sheep. Then He said,

"It is your Father's good pleasure.”

There He has forgotten the shepherd and his flock, and has taken the figure of a father and family. And yet again,

"your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom."

Now He has once more changed His figure to that of a Kingdom and a King.

As a matter of fact, if the metaphors merge, they do not mix. They constitute a perfect portrayal of the whole fact of the Kingdom of God. The whole statement is Eastern, and we know that in Eastern lands, the head of the tribe is at once the shepherd of the flock, the father of the family, and the king of the kingdom. Here God is seen in the threefold relationship. Fear not, little flock, the Lord is your Shepherd, you shall not want. It is your Father's good pleasure to give; Like as a Father pitieth His children. To give you the Kingdom; "The Lord reigneth." Our Lord was pledging God as Shepherd, Father, and King, to us, and to that which we seek in personal life and service.

"Fear not, little flock; it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom."

Then followed that word that has application for those to whom it comes with power.

"Sell that which ye have, and give alms; make for yourselves purses which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief draweth near, neither moth destroyeth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Note: I am taking to heart my own harping on "Gospel focus, Gospel focus, Jesus focus". I am studying again Luke's gospel, my favourite. Turning again to Campbell Morgan whose works on all four gospels years ago proved helpful to me. Nothing is more advantageous to the Christian than pouring over the four accounts of the Evangelists. As the Apostle Paul said, "That I may know him...".

Know, intimately know, this friend who sticks closer than a brother, this forerunner, this shepherd, this master-teacher, this rescuer, that you may become steeped in the graces of Christ, that you may have His treasury to share with others and His strength and example to stand when the trials come. At such times no lifestyle lecture from the pulpit will suffice. Again I suggest, less sermonizing, more Gospel.

Read again our earlier post entitled "Easy Sundays".


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