Evening, May 14, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“In His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom.” — Isaiah 40:11
Who is the one of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd. Why does he carry the lambs in his embrace? Because He has a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts his heart. The sighs, the ignorance, 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 and 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 obligation 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 much trial. In gentle wisdom he deals tenderly with them. Often, they are “carried” by being filled with an unusual degree of love, so that they bear up under trials and stand fast. Though their knowledge may not be deep, they have great freshness 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 believing, 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 embrace if he did not love them much? Here is tender nearness: so near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is sacred familiarity: there are precious passages of love between Christ and his weak ones. Here is perfect safety: in his embrace who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort. Surely, we are not sufficiently aware of the infinite tenderness of Jesus!