The Shepherd and His Flock - Christian Crusaders
Mar 22, We are not very much like sheep. Yet, Jesus uses the parable of the good shepherd to teach his followers about the relationship offered and. Mar 3, The Holy Bible teaches us a formidable lesson through the relationship that a shepherd has with his flock. Their relationship is so unique and. Oct 4, The metaphor of the shepherd who cares for his flock becomes then the metaphor that There is a difference between teaching and training.
Secondly, sheep are used throughout the Bible to symbolically refer to God's people.
Biblical shepherds Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel also brought an offering -- fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock.
He was also humanity's first murder victim, slain by his brother Cain. Abraham and Moses were shepherds. King David was the best known shepherd of Bible history. He wrote the beloved Psalm Shepherds were the first people to see the newborn Jesus Christ.
The Prophet Mohammed worked as a shepherd when he was 8 years old. A close relationship My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.The Shepherd and His Flock Parable
The sheep recognize the voice of the shepherd. They follow him or her. The shepherd protects his flock and would give his life for them. It is known that animals can instantly recognize the voice of a familiar trusted person.
Sheep have excellent memories for faces. They remember their handler. They also remember people who inflict abuse upon them. There is a commonly-held belief that shepherds in Biblical times would break the legs of lambs that constantly wandered away. According to the "story," the shepherd would then set the broken leg and carry the lamb on his shoulders until the leg healed, after which time the lamb would remain by the shepherd's side for the rest of its life.
While there is no way to know for certain what Biblical shepherds did, there is no such story in the Bible, and to do so would be cruel and impractical.
In many homes, a lamb-shaped cake decorates the table. Many Eastern Orthdox Christians hang pictures of the Easter lamb in their homes. Sacrificial lamb Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns.
He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. He was willing to do so, but God gave him a sheep ram to sacrifice instead of his son Christians and Jews believe that the life of Isaac was saved, while Muslims believe that it was Ismael that was nearly sacrificed on the alter.
Jews and Arabs trace their heritage to Isaac and Ismael, respectively. This uncircumcised Philistine will be just like one of them. For he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord will be with you. He also put body armor on him 1 Samuel To be a good leader was to be a good shepherd. Just as David must have seen his little flock terrorized by a bear or a lion, so he saw the armies of Israel terrorized by the Philistines, and Goliath in particular.
God had given David the strength to care for his flock, and God would surely give David the strength to care for this larger flock, by attacking the one who threatened them. When David sinned against God by taking Bathsheba and killing her husband, Uriah, God confronted him through the prophet Nathan.
He raised it, and it grew up alongside him and his children. It used to eat his food, drink from his cup, and sleep in his arms. It was just like a daughter to him. This is what the Lord God of Israel says: I also gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all that somehow seems insignificant, I would have given you so much more as well!
You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and you have taken his wife as your own. You have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. For you have despised me by taking the wife of Uriah the Hittite as your own. Right before your eyes I will take your wives and hand them over to your companion.
He will have sexual relations with your wives in broad daylight. As you well know, through this story Nathan got the point across, and David repented of his sin see Psalm Later, David sinned by numbering the people.
When God gave David his choice of punishment, David responded with the heart of a true shepherd: I am the one who sinned and committed this awful deed! As for these sheep, what have they done? O Lord my God, attack me and my family, but remove the plague from your people!
Because of their sins, the leaders of Israel would lose their flocks and lose their positions of leadership over the people of God: That is because your glorious crowns will be removed from your heads. No one will be able to go in or out of them. All Judah will be carried off into exile. They will be completely carried off into exile. Where is the flock of people that were entrusted to your care? They were supposed to watch over my people like shepherds watch over their sheep.
But they are causing my people to be destroyed and scattered. You have not taken care of them.
 The Shepherd and the Sheep
So I will punish you for the evil that you have done. Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not shepherds feed the flock? My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, but there was no one to seek or search for them.
I am against the shepherds; and I will demand my sheep from their hand. I will make them stop feeding sheep; the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore. God not only condemned Jewish leaders for their injustice and oppression; He also judged other rulers for abusing their position and power. It is the decision of the Most High that this has happened to my lord the king. You will be fed grass like oxen, and you will become damp with the dew of the sky.
Seven times will pass by for you, before you understand that the Most High is ruler over human kingdoms and gives them to whomever he wishes. Break away from your sins by doing acts of righteousness, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps your prosperity will be prolonged. You will be fed grass like oxen, and seven times will pass by for you before you understand that the Most High is ruler over human kingdoms and gives them to whomever he wishes.
I blessed the Most High, and I praised and glorified the one who lives forever. For his rule is an everlasting rule, and his kingdom extends from one generation to the next. He does as he wishes with the army of heaven and with those who inhabit the earth. I was restored to the honor of my kingdom, and my splendor returned to me. My ministers and my magistrates were seeking me out, and I was reinstated over my kingdom. Tremendous greatness was restored to me, greater than before.
He is able to bring low those who live in pride Daniel 4: This time He did use the shepherding model as the basis for His rebuke: Signal for people to pay attention!
Bel will be put to shame. Marduk will be dismayed. Her disgusting images will be dismayed. It will lay her land waste. People and animals will flee out of it. No one will live in it.
They will be coming back with tears of repentance as they seek renewed relations with the Lord their God. They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in a lasting agreement that will never be forgotten. Their shepherds have let them go astray. They have wandered around in the mountains. They have roamed from one mountain and hill to another.
They have forgotten their resting place. For those people have sinned against the Lord, their True Pasture. They have sinned against the Lord in whom their ancestors trusted. First the king of Assyria devoured them. Now last of all King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has gnawed their bones. They will graze on Mount Carmel and in the land of Bashan.
They will eat until they are full on the hills of Ephraim and in the land of Gilead. No sin will be found in Judah. For I will forgive those of them I have left alive. The patriarchs were far from perfect. Even the great prophet Elijah sought to resign from his ministry, and from life itself. I, the Lord, affirm it.
I will bring them back to their homeland. They will greatly increase in number. Then they will no longer need to fear or be terrified. None of them will turn up missing. I, the Lord, promise it. He will rule over them with wisdom and understanding and will do what is just and right in the land. This is the name he will go by: I will deliver my sheep from their mouth, so that they will no longer be food for them.
I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out. I will deliver them from all the places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. There they will lie down in good grazing ground, and they will feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
He will feed them and will be their shepherd. They will live on their land securely; and they will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. I will bring them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in the middle of a pasture; and there will be so many of them they will make a great deal of noise.
Their king will advance before them, The Lord himself will lead them Micah 2: We can see from the prophecies above that the Good Shepherd would be God Himself. The wonder of it all was that the Good Shepherd would Himself become a lamb, on Whom the sins of the world would be placed: Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not even open his mouth.
The Relationship Between The Good Shepherd And His Sheep
Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded. By his wounds you were healed. In John 9, we read of our Lord healing the man born blind, something that had apparently never happened before 1 John 9: The Jewish religious leaders first attempted to prove that the man claiming to have received his sight was not really who he claimed to be.
When this failed, they sought to explain the miracle in some way that did not acknowledge Jesus to be the Messiah. In the end, these leaders excommunicated the healed man for believing Jesus was someone who came from God 9: The transition from the end of chapter 9 to the beginning of chapter 10 is really seamless. I take it, then, that chapter 10 is closely related to chapter 9. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them.
I know my own and my own know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. He cares for the sheep because they are His sheep. And because they are His sheep, He knows them, and they know Him. They recognize His voice, and they follow Him. Ultimately, the Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep. You know that I love you.