So you might remember a few weeks back Pastor Guy gave a sermon on us being sheep. But Pastor also deconstructed the iconography of the sheep, to make us really understand what the analogies/parables of Jesus mean for us today when He speaks of us being the sheep in His flock. Sheep are definitely not the idealized version we see on advertising etc. As you can see from the illustration I made below, a simple explanation of what sheep are really like. These are the main characteristics: So to sum it up: we as people, turn away from God in our sinful natures and disobedience, we are dirty from our sins and impure in comparison to God’s holiness, we aren’t very smart, because we tend to make the same mistakes over and over and we cant help ourselves with protection or provision. Now we know who and what we are, lets see what God says about it.
Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Sermon notes for 19th April 2015 by Guy Shaw