WE ARE THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE
///// SUNESIS OF CHRIST /////
Day 284| October 10, 2020 | Apostle Gideon C Boateng
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.
Psalms 79:13 (KJV)
The way the master illustrated his teachings with practical day to day real life issues like agriculture, business and sometimes animals, helps us get the exact picture He wants to paint. He would have needed volumes of words to express some of the things He meant but with one iIlustration even a sentence can be enough.
In our opening verse, he sent the disciples as sheep not as goats, cows, ants or elephants. This is really instructive. As you know, the sheep is different from all these animals. By the nature of the sheep, it is submissive and gentle towards the shepherd and will follow the shepherd anywhere He leads. It also allows the shepherd to take care of it, feed it, cleanse it and even protect it. The sheep never struggles with the shepherd unlike the goat that will often resist and run away from its owner. Even when being fed, while the sheep enjoys the feed freely, the goat will always eat with suspicion.
The Christian must relate with the Lord freely as a sheep. If you don’t know how, you can take a study on the behavior of sheep just as King Solomon told us to study the ant to be diligent in life (Prov. 6:6). Any time you see a sheep with the shepherd try to observe their relationship, you will be amazed at what you will discover.
It is not surprising some people think the sheep is a dumb animal. Why? A sheep that is properly cared for doesn’t really do any thinking. They hardly make any move on their own. They are always waiting for the shepherd to lead them out and bring them back. They rarely look for food, it is their shepherd's responsibility. If we can take a clue from what David said in Psalm 23, life will take a new turn and all the stress and depression will die out.
Ps 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
// 🗣SAY BY FAITH
I am a sheep and the Lord Jesus is my shepherd. He cares for me whiles I enjoy everything that He gives me freely. Because the Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.
// 📚FURTHER STUDY
Ps 74:1, 79:13, 95:7, 100:3
// 📖One Year Bible Reading Plan📖
Hosea 12-14, Revelation 3
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