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Do you ever really think about sheep?

Why did Jesus refer to His people as sheep? Rather than, let’s say, goats who are a whole lot more intelligent and cantankerous – a lot less attractive in the warm and fuzzy department, yes – but could get home if they were lost.

Yes, goats could get home if they were lost. They, like many other animals on the face of this earth, have a homing instinct.

Sheep do not.

Sheep need to have their Shepard come out and get them even if they’ve just wandered a little way from their sheepfold. They literally can’t figure out how to get home if they get lost. They don’t even know which way is home at all. They could be heading in what they think is the right direction and be blissfully unaware that they are actually tripping down the path that will take them farther away from home than they were before.

Not only that, they won’t respond to anyone’s voice but their own Shepard’s. They know their Shepard and their Shepard knows them. If two folds of sheep are bedded down and mixed up in the same sheepfold overnight, and one fold needs to leave, all their Shepard has to do is call out to them and His sheep will automatically come. The sheep from the other fold will stay until their own Shepard comes.

Sheep need their Shepard to find them when they get lost, feed them when they are hungry and comfort them when they are upset.

Just like us.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”
John 10:27-28 (NIV)

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