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Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Overcoming the World


The Shepherd’s Psalm is arguably one of the more recognized portions of Scripture. While offering words of inspiration, the reader is encouraged to put their confidence in the Shepherd’s ability to lead the follower through “the valley of the shadow of death.” This paper explores how Jesus as the Good Shepherd (Jn 10:14) leads the child of God through life’s challenging ways. It draws on Jesus’ own experiences (Mt 4:1-11) to validate His ministry as the Good Shepherd, overcoming the temptations of the devil, and reflecting physical, emotional, and moral challenges. In doing so, Jesus as the Good Shepherd reveals for the follower the nature of life’s temptations, a confident way through trials, and sure comfort in His presence through such trials (Ps 23:4). Moreso, Jesus offers a model for the believer to consider their identity as a child of God, and this serves as a living apologetic to temptations in life.


Good Shepherd, trials, appetites, ambition, anxiety, Matthew 4:1-11, Psalm 23, overcoming sin, temptation of Christ, the Valley of the Shadow of Death