I read this little story in Our Daily Bread: In Istanbul, Turkey, in 2005, one sheep jumped off a cliff and then nearly 1,500 others followed! In the end, about one-third of them died. Not knowing which way to go, sheep mindlessly follow other members of the flock. Sheep are dumb animals.
It is interesting, then, that the Bible compares followers of Jesus to sheep. In Isaiah 53:6: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
This summer, I read a book by Robert J. Morgan, titled: “The Lord is my Shepherd: Resting in the Peace and Power of Psalm 23. “ I really recommend it. He told a lot about sheep and their traits and habits. He relates our relationship to Christ to the relationship of sheep to their shepherd. He made the 23rd Psalm come alive for me.
I see myself as a sheep under the care of my shepherd, Jesus. And, like a dumb sheep, I often go my own way. As I look back on my life, I see instances where I knew the way that God wanted me to go. However, I thought another way was better, easier, or faster. Of course, I was wrong and Jesus had to come rescue me.
I imagine you can think of “false shepherds” who have led hundreds of people down the wrong path. I think of the Jonestown debacle with the Kool-Aid. There are many other leaders who convinced people to follow them off the cliff. Even today, many churches are led by shepherds who don’t know enough to lead their sheep in the footsteps of Jesus.
We don’t have to be “dumb” sheep. When we follow Jesus instead of a dumb sheep or a “false shepherd”, we will lie in green pastures, beside still waters, and dwell in the house of the Lord forever. AMEN!
HE LEADETH ME! OH, BLESSED THO’T! OH, WORDS WITH HEAV’NLY COMFORT FRAUGHT!
WHATE’ER I DO, WHERE’ER I BE, STILL ‘TIS GOD’S HAND THAT LEADETH ME.
HE LEADETH ME, HE LEADETH ME, BY HIS OWN HAND HE LEADETH ME.
HIS FAITHFUL FOLLOWER I WOULD BE, FOR BY HIS HAND HE LEADETH ME.