Promoting Word Study
Throughout the bible we, people, are often referred to as sheep. Now I realize that the reference might offer some offense to some of us. However, if we can let that go for a minute and think about the fact that our God. The creator of the universe says that we are like sheep. I’ll say it again. God, creator of the universe, Master of the Sun, Keeper of Gravity, Feeder of bacteria says that humans, you and me, are like sheep.
· “Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture,” Psalm 100:3 ESV.
· “When he saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd,” Matthew 9:36 ESV
· “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep,” John 10:11 ESV
Now the reason we are resistant to the idea of being called sheep is because we want to be regarded as special or unique. We don’t want to feel condemned for wanting to be a part of something. We want to be seen as having our own creative ideas and spark. I understand that and I believe Jesus understands that. Notice in Matthew 9:36 ESV, Jesus sees the people are lacking leadership. But He doesn’t laugh at them or yell at them. He doesn’t even dismiss them. He feels compassion for them as He does for you and me. Check out the next quote in John 10:11 ESV. Now I ask you… When is the last time that the person you decided to follow took responsibility for your actions? Sounds ridiculous, right. Because we believe that each person is responsible for his or her own actions. However Jesus died to forgive us before we had even sinned. He has taken responsibility for actions that He never told us to take. The first step to following the right direction is realizing that we are always someone’s sheep. It is the nature of the human condition.
· “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance,” Luke 15: 4-7 ESV