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It said, “The Lord is my Shepherd. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”
“Sheep, ruminant (cud-chewing) mammal of the genus Ovis.” That is a definition of sheep I saw that is hard to say yet alone understand. Sheep usually have short tails, a coat of wool, can weigh from 80 to as much as 400 pounds, chew the cud, have four separate stomach compartments for digestion, and love to congregate.
Sheep are basically timid animals who tend to graze in flocks and almost totally lack in protection from predators. They reach maturity at about one year of age and breed at about one and one half years. Most births are single, although occasionally they do have twins. The lambs stop suckling and begin to graze at about four or five months of age.
That is probably a lot more information than you really want to know about sheep. But I want to ask you what is a sheep’s responsibility? What is their greatest responsibility? It is NOT to find green pasture and still waters. Their number one responsibility is to OBEY and FOLLOW their shepherd. He leads them to green pastures and still waters.
And what happens when sheep do not follow the shepherd? Sheep don’t know where to go to be fed. Sheep become lost. Instead of finding rest they wander and wander looking for a way back to the flock. And the most troubling thing that happens is that they put themselves in vulnerable, dangerous positions. Sheep get themselves into great trouble.
John 10:10 “Jesus is the good Shepherd.” The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Everything Jesus endured on his path to the cross He did it for you. When He gave himself into the hands of those who arrested him, it was for you. When He was scourged and beaten, it was for you. When He was condemned to death, it also was for you. When He hung on the cross in agony, it was for you.
Never forget that Jesus chose to suffer and die for you. This was not laid upon Him by others. He gave himself willingly. John 10:18 “No one takes (my life) from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.”
He leads us to walk in paths of righteousness. He knows us completely! Psalm 103:14 “The Lord knows our frame…” He knows our feelings, our temperament, what encourages us and what gets us down. Because He knows us completely He is able to lead us in every step of our lives.
And because He is the good shepherd He is going to watch over us completely. He protects us when we are weak and helpless. He defends us from the evil one. He protects us from harm that we cannot see. And He nurtures us to find rest, strength, and security in him.
“For I am sheltered in the arms of God.” Do you recall the great words to this song?
I feel the touch of hands so kind and tender.
They’re leading me in the paths that I must trod.
I have no fear when Jesus walks beside me
For I’m sheltered in the arms of God.
Soon I shall hear the call from heaven’s portals.
“Come home my child,
It’s the last mile you must trod.”
I’ll fall asleep
And wake in God’s new heaven
Sheltered safe within the arms of God.
Refrain: So let the storm clouds rage high,
The dark clouds rise,
They don’t worry me;
For I’m sheltered safe within the arms of God.
He walks with me,
And naught of earth can harm me,
Sheltered safe, within the arms of God.
Here is one video link to this great song
Psalm 23:1, 2 It said, “The Lord is my Shepherd. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”