The Sheep Shall Follow His Shepherd/Shepherdess
Have you ever questioned why Adonai always refers to human beings as sheep? Is it because we’re cute and cuddly? Maybe it’s because we like to run about merrily. There are other reasons that would be more accurate; of course, the above ones certainly contribute, too. I would add that running in an opened field is how we get into mischief.
Yeshua is our Shepherd, and HIS flock knows and hears HIS voice. HE is always watching us, and HE comes to us when we call out. We may not always understand HIS ways, but HIS ways surpass our ideals. Likewise, having raised sheep myself, I can certainly testify that our sheep needed a Shepherd/Shepherdess.
I will share two stores about two different herds, and by the time you’re done reading, you will have come to the conclusion that us being referred to sheep is very fitting.
The first group was a wild bunch- a mixed multitude of breeds. Most were the typical all white in color. However, there was an additional one that was a blackish-cinnamon mix. He was different from the others. He would spend the day with the group eating, sleeping, and running every which way.
Whenever I walked into the pasture, called out his name, he would stop what he was doing and run to me. It was so amazing to watch in the center of the crowded flock, when I called out to him, up popped his head; facing directly at me. He would then make way and run to me. It never seemed to matter what he was doing. When his shepherdess called his name, he came running towards the familiar voice. I do believe that is what we’re supposed to do when our Master calls. But until we, HIS Flock, know HIS voice and remember to OBEY, will we be like my Blackish-Cinnamon mixed lamb, and run to our Shepherd, Yeshua.
Now, the rest of that group wasn’t so inspiring. They constantly needed their shepherd or shepherdess nearby. They would crawl under fences (if they found a gap), and have to be chased home. They were too naïve to know that large dogs lived down the way and might want lamb chops for dinner. It wasn’t easy getting them back into their pasture. They had plenty to eat, but their stubbornness seemed to float their boats. One would hope since they followed each other out of the gate (not so nice neighbors liked to open it at times), that returning they would follow suit. NOPE! They would go in all different directions! ~Sound familiar?~
Another interesting character of sheep is that if they get in lodged into a corner, they cannot figure out all they need to do is turn their face to the light, out of darkness , and they are freed. But instead, they remain in darkness and would actually starve to death and die. Likewise with us, without turning our face to HIS light, we will remain in darkness and starve our walk in the Spirit of Adonai. ~Sound Familiar?~
Now for the second group:
My husband & I took in a herd of sheep. They were the black-faced sheep called Suffolks. They were all pregnant and ready to lamb-out in 4-6 weeks. Sadly, the farmer wasn’t caring for them. They kept going into farmer’s fields to find food. They were very scrawny. They needed nutrition if they were to deliver healthy, live lambs.
During that time, we prepared everything that would give them needed nutrition, special paint, iodine, string, and a clean sheepfold so when the time came for all of those mommies to deliver, everything would be ready.
Of course the time arrived, almost midnight—during a BLIZZARD!
While hubby was at his employment, I was on watch, and sure enough, they had begun to deliver- all at once! Thankfully, I knew what to do, except the blizzard seemed to have been a stressful time, not just for me, but the sheep especially. The sheep, being as clueless as they are would deliver their young, and get up and walk off with baby in tow—connected to the umbilical cord!
I had the string, scissors, iodine, and special paints on hand. Trying to keep mommy down long enough to tie the strings, iodine, and cut was a bit tricky. The paint was the easy part. I know you are asking why the paint? Sheep don’t always accept their babies, and it’s important to know which babies belong to which mom. It’s very rare they’ll let others suck from them. So the paint was to mark the same alphabet letter on mommy and baby in the same color. Considering ALL of the sheep delivered twins and triplets that night, the letter/paint system especially came in handy!
Some of the sheep would deliver their lambs on top of the snow drifts, muddy areas, or just keep walking while delivering! While some acknowledged their babies, others were new moms and didn’t know what to do.
I am thankful that we had a spot light set up from the house that shined towards the corral, and sheepfold. Being their shepherdess, I helped in their deliveries, guided them to where they were supposed to be, provided the opened doorway into their clean, warm sheepfold where fresh food was provided, and families together.I cannot recall the amount I lambed-out (twins and triplets), but the moms in count were 13 or 14.
I picked up one baby lamb that wasn’t doing very well. I took it into our home and provide additional care, but the poor baby couldn’t keep its temperature to warm up (I had placed him on the bathroom floor on towels as the heater vent was nice and cozy). I did all I could do, but sadly, it died.
Even though I lost one lamb during that horrible blizzard during a long and cold night, others have told me that was amazing to have only lost one during those circumstances. I was still sad that I had lost even one.
We, as HIS sheep, may not always do what we’re supposed to do correctly, we may stand there dumbfounded, lie in the mud, or just walk around aimlessly –totally clueless before we start to learn and get it right.
Thankfully, we have the Torah (HIS Instructions) to follow. Yeshua is our Shepherd Who will never lose HIS sheep. HE IS always there to guide us, and to provide for our every need. He is our Savior, Redeemer, Spiritual food (Torah), Great Physician, and our KING! Adonai is all glory, and Sovereignty, who calls us HIS friend.
Will we know HIS voice when HE calls? Will we turn our faces towards HIM? Will we come running to our Shepherd; letting NOTHING stop us? Will we trust in HIM and HIS promises? Will we obey our Shepherd Who has laid down HIS life for us?
John 10:1-18 (CJB)
10 “Yes, indeed! I tell you, the person who doesn’t enter the sheep-pen through the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who goes in through the gate is the sheep’s own shepherd. 3 This is the one the gate-keeper admits, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep, each one by name, and leads them out. 4 After taking out all that are his own, he goes on ahead of them; and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They never follow a stranger but will run away from him, because strangers’ voices are unfamiliar to them.”
6 Yeshua used this indirect manner of speaking with them, but they didn’t understand what he was talking to them about. 7 So Yeshua said to them again, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All those who have come before me have been thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the gate; if someone enters through me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, since he isn’t a shepherd and the sheep aren’t his own, sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf drags them off and scatters them. 13 The hired worker behaves like this because that’s all he is, a hired worker; so it doesn’t matter to him what happens to the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me — 15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep. 16 Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
17 “This is why the Father loves me: because I lay down my life — in order to take it up again! 18 No one takes it away from me; on the contrary, I lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. This is what my Father commanded me to do.”
Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)