I will signal for them and gather them in. Surely I will redeem them; they will be as numerous as before. (Zech. 10:8)
Phwwwhht! Tweeeet! My husband and I use a soft whistle of this type to find each other when we get separated in a store. I may be sorting through the vegetables and hear a soft whistle, because he wants to find me after checking out the ice cream. I softly whistle back, and we soon meet.
A shepherd uses a variety of different whistle sounds when guiding his dog to draw the sheep right or left. The Lord said he would signal for the Israelites and gather them back into their land. The Hebrew word for signal is sharaq, which means to “whistle” or “pipe.” Shepherds would whistle or play a pipe to gather or guide their sheep. This word continues the metaphor of the Lord desiring to be the Israelites’ shepherd to lead them in his paths.
The Lord will whistle to gather his people from all nations and to redeem his people. The Hebrew for “redeem” implies ransoming from slavery or captivity. God will protect those of Israel who have put their faith in him and bring them to himself. He will redeem them.
Christ whistled to draw us to his death on the cross. If we put our faith in him, we are redeemed from the captivity of our sin. He longs to shepherd us in his ways.
Listen for God’s whistle to lead you in his path.
Gena Duncan is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan College. She and her husband reside in Naples, Florida, in the winter season.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.