Faith Together: Jesus, the Good Shepherd
So I did a little research on sheep and shepherds. Here is what I found:
- Sheep are often afraid, stressed, and nervous. Even loud noises can frighten them.
- Sheep don't mind water, but not moving water. They will not enter it willingly, preferring still water.
- However, they will drink any water and need the shepherd to take them to water that is good to drink
- Sheep can not protect themselves. They have little ability for defense and even if not directly attacked can die from fright.
- Sheep can recognize their name.
- Sheep have very good memories and can remember up 50 other sheep or people for several years.
- They have highly developed social and emotional recognition skills using faces, voices, and smells.
- Sheep can recognize the voice of the shepherd. It is one they trust. They will follow a good shepherd and a good shepherd will risk his life for the sheep.
- A shepherd's primary responsibility is the safety and welfare of the flock.
- Almost any other domesticated animal could return to the wild and have a chance of survival, but not sheep. Without a shepherd, sheep are in trouble. In fact, without a shepherd, sheep are hopeless.
We are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture (Psalm 79:13)
The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice (John 10:2-3)
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs (Psalm 40:11)
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters . .. I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.(Psalm 23)
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me ... and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:14-15)
Without a shepherd, sheep are in trouble. In fact, without a shepherd, sheep are hopeless.