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Animal Parables

Animal Stories From The Bible

The Sheep

From The Scripture Alphabet Of Animals
Harriet Newell Cook (1814-1843)
Published In 1842 – Public Domain

I suppose you think you already know as much about sheep and lambs as I can tell you, and perhaps you do. Yet I dare say you never took up your Bible to see how many times they are mentioned there, or how many beautiful things are said about them.

Abel, who, as you know, was the third man that lived on the earth, was a “keeper of sheep;” and there have always been a great many shepherds in the world from that time to this. Some of the men who lived in old times had a great many sheep. Job had seven thousand, which God allowed to be taken from him; but afterwards gave him twice as many-fourteen thousand. At the time when Solomon’s beautiful temple was dedicated to God, he offered a sacrifice of a hundred and twenty thousand sheep. If you want to know how many that is, try to think of a pasture with a hundred sheep in it-then think of a hundred pastures, just like it, with just as many sheep in each-then think of those hundred pastures taken twelve times over, and you will begin to understand how many there were. It is not common with us to have persons whose whole business it is to take care of sheep, but that was always the way in Bible countries. This was not done by servants, at least not always; for a great many rich men employed their children as shepherds. Rachel, who was afterwards the wife of Jacob, “kept her father’s sheep”-so did Jacob’s twelve sons-so did Moses for his father-in-law.

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Good News Of A Great Joy

Posted by Harrison on November 16, 2013
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There were shepherds in the field watching over their flock by night.
“I bring you good news of a great joy!”

Luke, an outstanding historian, provides the most complete overview of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Its very likely that he interviewed Mary, and some of the shepherds who had witnessed the event, in order to provide such vivid detail of the angel’s words, and the reaction of all the participants.

Everything started with Mary and Joseph receiving the revelation of the coming Messiah. It was exciting news, but there was a problem, they lived in Nazareth. God, speaking through the prophet Micah, had promised that Bethlehem Ephrathah would be the birthplace of His King (Micah 5:2). God had to get Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem, almost 70 miles away, and about three days by foot under the best conditions – maybe several more days for someone traveling pregnant. This was not a journey one would make, especially late in a pregnancy, unless forced to by circumstances beyond their control.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Posted by Harrison on November 4, 2013
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Surely goodness and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life.

No other Psalm is so universally known and loved as the 23rd. In just 6 short verses, it captures the wonderful completeness of God’s love for all his children.

The author, David, spent much of his formative years tending sheep for his father. He had plenty of time to study the relationship between sheep and shepherd. The sheep were completely dependent on David for food, protection, and water. Even the smallest lamb was precious, and a good shepherd was not willing to lose even one. In his time, and in that region, lambs were sometimes even raised as family pets. Such was the love and trust between sheep and the shepherd.

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He raised that little lamb and it grew up with his children.
He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.

One day the prophet Nathan appeared before King David. He told David the story of two men. The first was very rich and owned many sheep and cattle. The second was very poor and worked very hard to buy one little lamb. He raised it as one of his children, and cuddled it like a baby in his arms. It drank from his cup and ate from his plate.

The rich man had a guest come to visit. Instead of killing one of his own animals, he came and took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for his guest.

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