- Sheep need a shepherd, or they will get lost.
- Sheep are gentle, but not that smart. They easily get into trouble on there own.
- They are timid and fearful.
- Cannot defend themselves, they have no sharp teeth, no way to hide, and they cannot run fast.
- If sheep cannot find grass they will wonder, not thinking of the dangers that are awaiting them.
- They will put them selves into postions that will require them to be rescued or they will die.
- Sheep do not do well alone, they need to be in flocks.
- Wolves and Lions hunt them to kill and destroy them.
- Sheep cannot be driven like cattle they must be led.
- Sheep need a shepherd to follow and to protect them John 10; 11-16
- A shepherd will lay his life down for the sheep, he watches over them day & night and he never leaves them alone.
- He knows his sheep and they know him.
- Two shepherds can mix there flock together, hundreds of them, the shepherds can call out to the sheep and they will hear and seperate and each one will follow his shepherd, because they know him.
- If it is storming or storms come the shepherd hides the sheep in a cave, and guards the front of it.
- A shepherd will temporaily leave his flock if one gets lost to find it. Luke 15; 4-7
- Sheep are often put in a pen with no gate, because the shepherd is the gate and he guards them with his staff. John 10;1-9
- Sheep when they have been lead to green pastures will eat untill they are full and then lay down and rest in the fullness of the shepherds goodness and grace.
- Have you trusted the good shepherd to lead you to a life of peace?do you know him does he know you?
What the Lord is saying to us here in Psalms 23 and in so many other scriptures in his word, is that we need a shepherd to lead us, through this life. Even though we think we can do it on our own, like so many sheep do, we soon find our selves lost and in trouble, and in need of a rescuer.
He desires to bless us and to lead us to green pastures, where we can be full and rest. He also desires to take us to the still waters, so that we can drink in his goodness. When the storms come, he desires to shelter us. He guards us with his staff, when the enemy approaches and desires to devour us.
The good shepherd never leaves us nor forsakes us. And he never stops seeking those sheep that are lost. He says that he knows his sheep and they know him. and that we do not do well alone. we need a flock that is why it is important to get together with other sheep. church! Thank You Lord, that you choose to sacrifice yourself and lead us into a life peace and happiness.