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Day 79: The Paradigm of a Sheep

Posted by undergroundchurch on December 30, 2015


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There are many models or paradigms in the Bible the illustrate our relationship with God.

Sheep are dumb.

This may seem a bit strong, but it perfectly illustrates us. The wisest wisdom of man can even match the foolish thoughts of God. (1 Cor 1:25).

We are the sheep in the picture throughout the Bible. They get lost, they need a leader that is not another sheep. They need help finding food and water, keeping their hair trimmed.

Sheep need a leader that’s not another sheep

If left to their own devices and follow a sheep-leader, sheep will wander until they all fall off a cliff or get eaten by a wolf. Sheep need a shepherd. Shepherds are a different class of animal that can intercede, protect, shear, feed and house sheep.

Sheep are highly dependent on a shepherd. King David even wrote Psalm 23 about the relationship a sheep has with a “good” shepherd.

A PSALM OF DAVID. Sheep are dependent upon a Good Shepherd

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

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.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
forever. — Ps 23

The Good Shepherd

Jesus tells us that He is the only Good shepherd and that he loves his sheep and his sheep hear his voice. The Good shepherd laid his life down for his sheep. It’s awesome to trust in a shepherd who loves us like that.

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