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LUKE 15: 4-7

4“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

How amazing is it that we serve a God that loves us so unconditionally that there is nothing we can do to separate us from his love. Reading this passage reaffirms the fact that in God’s eyes we are so incredibly valuable to Him. The symbolism of a shepherd looking after his flock puts things into perspective on numerous levels. But one of the main concepts, that is a perfect correlation to us as humans, is being a compared to sheep. 

1. Sheep, instinctively, have a stronger herd instinct than their own intelligence. 

This is so true in fact, that if one sheep will run off a cliff, the others will soon follow. This is literally true. In the same sense, we as humans, instinctively, tend to have a stronger desire to follow the crowd than to use our own reasoning to make our own decisions. 

2. Sheep are prone to wander away from their Shepherd and flock

Similarly, we as humans, are prone to wander away from God, sometimes not even realizing what we are doing. Most of the time it’s a slow process as well. Whereas we make seemingly small, bad decisions that gradually take us further and further away from God, all the while not even believing that we are doing anything wrong. Than after years, we look back and think “What went wrong? Where has God been?” 

3. Sheep are incredibly vulnerable to predators and are therefore very fragile. 

A lone sheep will always lose to a hungry wolf. Even flocks of sheep can lose to a wolf. Sheep are very weak and are not very skilled at protecting themselves. I don’t even need to go into detail of the danger of all the evil in the world that tempts us everyday. it’s so easy to give into to sin sometimes and when it gets out of control, it can have a deadly stronghold on us that is hard to escape. Humans are also very fragile and face life’s predators every single day. 

4. Sheep have very weak homing instincts. 

Meaning, when they lose their way and get lost, they are nearly hopeless at finding their way back without the aid of their shepherd. The shepherd has to go out and find that sheep and bring it back. I believe pride is what gives us as humans weak homing instincts. Especially as Christians. We tell ourselves, “I can handle things on my own without the help of anybody”, when that almost always ends up getting us more lost than we could ever have imagined. 

So my main point? The shepherd plays a crucial role in the survival of his sheep. 

God provided a shepherd for us in the person of Jesus Christ. We often hear that we need to have a personal relationship with Christ and unfortunately this phrase tends to become cliche’. But there is so much truth to the metaphor of Jesus as our shepherd and us as sheep. Like a shepherd, he strives to protect us and guide us out of harm’s way because of the immense love he has for each and everyone of us. Jesus, as our shepherd, will always lead us in the right direction and out of harms way. 

So like the passage above, when a lost sheep is reunited with its shepherd, the shepherd is overcome with joy and relieved to bring them back home. No matter how dumb the sheep is, the shepherd loves his sheep unconditionally. 

-Todd

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3 Comments

  1. Incredible insights, Todd. I think Philmont should write a song about this subject!

  2. Awesome blog!!

  3. WOW
    you wrote that down so beautiful!
    You really nailed the essence of that scripture if I might say so..


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