Is there any reason we can find ourselves referred to as sheep in the bible?
As scripture uses the term “sheep” it simply means that there is something in the nature of sheep that is applicable to us all.
Now let’s have a quick look at some scriptures referring to us as sheep.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53; 6)”.
We can see from the above verse that sheep need a shepherd.
Is this why David said “The Lord is my shepherd?”. We must remember that David took care of sheep before he became King. It appears that David must have learnt some spiritual truths from his daily occupation.
“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls (1 Peter 2; 25)”.
So what can we learn from sheep?
Sheep need a shepherd and we are referred to as sheep. Therefore it is safe to say that we need a Shepherd and this is what 1 Peter 2; 25 is referring to.
So this is the question?
David must have learnt some lessons while tendering for the sheep and he used this application in speaking Psalms 23.
We need to allow the Lord to be the Shepherd in all areas of our lives.
We have been given the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth. As we learn to yield and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit, it is part of allowing the Lord to be our Shepherd. Remember that the Holy Spirit hears from the Lord and shows it unto us ( John 16; 13).
Psalm 100; 3 reads “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture”
Psalm 95; 7 & 8 reads “For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
When natural sheep don't follow the leading of their shepherd they wander away from the where they are supposed to be going. This is what happens to us when we don't follow the leading of the Lord.
So lets us allow the Lord to be our Shepherd by committing all our ways unto Him and yielding and obeying His directions.
© Bisi Oladipupo 8th January 2021
9/1/2021 10:45:48 pm
Bisi, it is interesting that in many places in the Bible, we are likened to sheep. Sheep need a shepherd to lead them out safely to find pasture and the bring them back to the fold. The Lord wants to play that role in our life. When we allow Him to be our Shepherd, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we need not fear any evil because He is with us.
15/1/2021 04:06:30 pm
True. Thank you Pastor Frank for the comment.
I have a friend who had sheep, and she told me they're not very smart! :-) They rarely know what's good for them or how to get what they need, and often wander into danger unawares. Just like us! We wander aimlessly into danger instead of understanding where we should go to thrive. Only the Shepherd can keep us there!
15/1/2021 04:08:32 pm
Thanks Connie for that insight and for stopping by.
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