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Walk with the faith...Your Good Shephard is with you

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
[Psalm 23:4]
Chapter 23 from the book of Psalm, entirely talks about God and his grace, support, protection, and safety around us. Especially the verse in context talk about the presence of God with us in every place we plan to travel, and that he will be our safety and protector. There are two reference that is highlighted here in this verse. These are "valley of shadow of death" and "your rod and your staff". Lets see these two reference in detail to understand the verse in context.

According to the Bible History, two of the most important tools of a Shepherd were the rod and staff. The rod was a stick about a meter long with a knob on one end.

How to approach our Lord? (Part I)

Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her two sons. She bowed down in front of him to ask him for a favor. "What do you want?" he asked her. She said to him, "Promise that one of my sons will sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom." Jesus replied, "You don't realize what you're asking. Can you drink the cup that I'm going to drink?" "We can," they told him.
[Matthew 20:20-22]

This verse highlights the way mother of Zebedee's sons approached and put forward her request to Lord. This same incident is available in Mark 10 within verses 35 onwards. The difference between the same incident recorded by Matthew and Mark is that in book of Matthew as “the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her two sons” and in book of Mark as “Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him". Even though there is a difference of who is actually asking Jesus, but the reason and the request put forward in both these reference is same, they needed a favor from Jesus.