Most of you do not know my brother and I raised sheep for years as a 4-H project. For all of you city dwellers---look 4-H up---a club of youth who take on projects each year which encourage growth, responsibility, and education. I took it for granted all these years--that Daddy wanted us to do it--so we raised sheep. It has finally dawned on me--that God was teaching me---a LONG time ago---all about sheep.
The similarities between sheep and us is striking----
They are not smart animals--and that is being generous.
They are easily led astray
Often in trouble by wandering where they should not be
Unaware of the wolves all around them
They will literally eat themselves to death
And then while we were raising sheep there was the sheep mommy (ewe) who backed her lamb into a corner to protect it when the hay caught fire. She was horribly burned, but she saved her lamb.
And then we had a sheep bully (ram) who delighted in head butting you if you came near his little harem of girls (ewes).
For the most part--sheep are very docile animals--who seem to put not much or perhaps any thought into their next move--they spend their time eating what is in front of them and wandering around looking for the next blade of green grass with no thought to the danger around.
Put a bell on the lead sheep and the rest will follow him anywhere--even off the nearest cliff. They have little or no way to protect themselves from the dangers all around them. They are totally reliant upon the shepherd for protection, care, and leadership.
Do you notice any collieries? All these years later--the light has dawned why He taught me all about sheep. I am totally dependent upon My Shepherd--for I am not very smart--and live in a land filled with danger-- to supply my every need.
"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-
and I lay down my life for the sheep."