Think Like A Sheep-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour!

Thanks so much for coming and joining me for our Coffee Hour! This is going to be such a special time and I can’t wait to share it with you. Grab your coffee and come get comfy! 🙂

As I was researching the 23rd Psalm, I read in the NKJV Study Bible that one of the most common descriptions of kingship in the ancient world is that of shepherd. David, as king, was the shepherd over the flock of Israel. Because shepherding was a major occupation, some interesting facts about shepherds have been uncovered and definitely add depth and clarity at the same time to this beautiful psalm.

First: Ancient shepherds walked in front of their flocks because a sheep knew its shepherd’s voice and would follow only him. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always seen – in the movies, of course – it differently, meaning I could of sworn I’ve seen the guy in the back of the herd! Anyway, here’s another interesting tidbit: A shepherd provided their sheep with water and food; he didn’t have someone else do it. Oh, and this one’s beautiful: A shepherd knew each of his sheep by name, and because he knew each one by name, when one was lost, the shepherd would go out to find it. No wonder the shepherd protected his flock at all times, even at the risk of his own life. That, to me, paints such a beautiful picture, not just of green pastures and cute little sheep running around, but of a tender, compassionate and strong shepherd. Oh, that we would see the Gospel at work in this picture of the 23rd Psalm after we journey through the verses together. 🙂

Now let’s move to some facts of the sheep: A sheep represents all the things we do not want to be: Defenseless, dependent, helpless, needing to be told at all times where to go because sheep have no sense of direction. They wander aimlessly, so much so that if a shepherd ignores a wandering sheep, they will seldom wander back. Isn’t that a scary thought?

There is no such thing as a smart sheep; they are all dumb – and I don’t say that to be mean. In fact, the author of Trusting the Shepherd calls them stupid, but I just can’t bring myself to be so harsh! 🙂 🙂 Anyway, sheep are also easily panicked, vulnerable to fear and frustration, and timid. Because of these weaknesses, their enemies are able to kill them more easily. Are you getting the picture that a sheep is always in need? These are but a few of the reasons sheep need a shepherd, why we need a savior.

Join me Wednesday for more grazing

Evinda

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

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Very interesting stuff. Lots of information to assimilate in a practical as well as a spiritual way. Love it.