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Thoughts and Reflections on Scripture



Friday, July 3rd, 2020
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Many can recite at least a few lines from "The Lord is my shepherd–" we often hear it read at funerals, said on television, and many are comforted by believing that God leads them through the dark valleys of the soul to greener pastures where troubles are few.

I find it curious that despite our attachment to the poetry of this scripture, many people would think of it an insult to be called a sheep. Sheep are often seen as docile, compliant, and easily influenced; mindlessly following the herd without thinking.

In our moments of humility, we may agree that we aren't particularly strong, that we're often defenseless to the aggressors in this world, and not very much in control of our surroundings. Like sheep, many of us find safety in numbers, and are happy to follow a confident leader.

From my perspective, the life of the sheep seems quite idyllic. Look at them, laying in a thick patch of clover, happily munching away. Everywhere you look, there is green pasture; food abounds; fences protect. This is how it can be for each of us when we put our faith in the Good Shepherd.

I love how Jesus described himself: he said that a hired hand, who doesn't own the sheep, runs away to protect himself when he sees a wolf coming. He doesn't really care for the sheep. In contrast, he described himself as the good shepherd. He said, "I know my own, and I'm known by my own; even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep."

Wouldn't you like to put your faith in such a shepherd? Can you trust that he will protect you from the wolves of this world, that he will lead you to safety, and provide for all your needs?

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