by Lee Mielke
Our Lenten meditations look at the names that God has given to His people. I chose “sheep,” which to me is right up there with “children.” He calls us both and, at first glance, they seem complimentary and gracious, until one looks closer at the characteristics.
While sheep make for a beautiful pastoral setting while grazing on a lush pasture, they are some of the dumbest in the animal kingdom and totally defenseless so I’m not sure our God, Lord, and Shepherd was being very kind in referring to us as sheep.
The shepherd has his work cut out for him and so does ours.
By the sheep following the Shepherd, we who were “considered as sheep to be slaughtered,” as it says in Romans 8, can become “conquering sheep,” in fact we are “more than conquers,” or we “overwhelmingly conquer.”
REALLY? A sheep?
Bible teacher David Jeremiah speaks of this almost embarrassing comparison by pointing out that there are no professional sports teams called sheep.
There are the Rams, the Bears, the Lions, the Seahawks, but no sheep….and yet that is what God calls us.
But it also hit me, as I contemplated writing this, the fact that our Shepherd became one of us, as “the LAMB of God.”
As we contemplate the suffering and resurrection of our Shepherd/Lamb in this Lenten season, let us baaaaa in submission, praise Him in our “sheepish way,” and follow wherever He leads.
Go ye into the world ye mighty conquering sheep and don’t let Satan “pull the wool over your eyes.”
One final thought, no extra charge…as I got it from one of my favorite TV preachers.
The lamb’s blood was painted on the left side and the right side of the door post and above it as preparation for Passover.
Why no blood below?
The answer: that “the blood of the lamb” not be trampled underfoot by man!!