Think Like A Sheep From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour!

Thanks so much for taking a break with me today. I am delighted to be grazing through the 23rd Psalm with you. Grab your coffee and let’s get back to where we left off, which is at Verse 5 which is full of some incredible stuff!

The next verse – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over — brings a change of scene, if you will. First, we are out in the green pasture, the stilled waters, and we adventure to and through the valley of the shadow of death and now, we’re at a banquet, or so it seems. Some scholars and commentators believe that verse 5 denotes a scene change, and I used to think that as well until reading Robinson’s “Trusting the Shepherd” who agrees with Charles Slemming, someone who studied shepherds of the Middle East. Slemming insists that this verse, too, pictures shepherd life in Israel. Wait until I share his reason for that belief!

His explanation is that when a shepherd enters a new field, he goes up and down looking for non-poisonous grass as well as vipers which live underground and pop their heads up out of their holes, biting the sheep on their noise. Ouch, I can just picture that happening! Anyway, their bite is poisonous and any kind of inflammation can bring death to a sheep.

So when the shepherd sees these small holes, he takes his bottle of thick oil and pours the oil over and around every hole he finds. I can just picture this, too, the protecting shepherd bending down at every snake-like hole and carefully pouring that oil all the way around it. But his efforts of protection pay off for when a viper tries to come out of the hole, he can’t! The oil prevents the snake from slithering out of the hole! The sheep are able to graze in the presence of their enemies as if they hadn’t a care in the world!

No wonder their cups run over! I can’t imagine being that “at ease” eating with people who were considered to be my enemies! Oh, to be like a sheep, especially when I am feeling surrounded by enemies, trials, and troubles!

happy sheep

In addition to anointing the snakes’ heads with oil if they dared attempt to slither up to the surface of the hole, the shepherd would anoint the sheep’s head with oil as well because the oil acts as a repellant so if a viper were to come near the sheep, the smell of the oil drives them away!

Isn’t our Shepherd slick like that?! His ways are not our ways and if we could just store that treasure of truth in our hearts, something tells me we could enjoy the grazing a lot more, even among our enemies!

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One Response to “Think Like A Sheep From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Excellent insight into our protection. They also put the oil on the sheep to protect them from disgusting little vermin that attack their wool and like to lay eggs and destroy the sheep in more unseen ways too. The healing oil of protection that the Lord has for our every condition is provided upon us because He knows we will need it before we need it! Praise Our Shepherd who goes ahead of us.