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Monday, August 01, 2005

All We, Like Sheep, Have Gone Astray

The prophet Isaiah knew what he was talking about when he penned the words above in Isaiah 53:6. I came across a story that is a couple of weeks old by now, so maybe you've read it, but I thought it merited some further attention.

Somewhere in Turkey, while the sheep-herders were doing lunch, one of the sheep munched and grazed himself up to the edge of a ravine and then over the edge. He fell to his death. But the thing about sheep is that they are natural followers. So one after another, the sheep followed the animals before them. And this continued until 1500 sheep went off the cliff. Hundreds died. Many of the later ones survived on account of the cushiony soft bed of wool that was formed.

Sheep tend to wander, not always paying attention to where they're going, simply going after the next tuft of grass and following the herd. In what sense, then, are we like sheep? Maybe in the sense that we are governed more by our appetites than by the voice of the Shepherd or good reasoning. Maybe in the sense that we tend to define what's right or wrong by the standards of our society. And certainly in the sense that we will plummet to our destruction, by our own fault... without the intervention of a Good Shepherd, that is.

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Steven said...

A great illustration...too bad there wasn't a good shepherd that noticed the one and leaving the 99 or rather in this case 1500 went to rescue it before its demise.

Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer said...

I'd always heard that sheep will follow each other off a cliff, but this is the first such case I've actually seen in the news.

JBOC said...

The Lord is my shepherd, I do not want. Where he wants me to go, I will go. What he wants me to do, I will do. If tomorrow it is off a cliff or into the jaws of death I will still follow for I trust in God and if I die I know my Redeemer lives. He rose from the dead and so shall I.

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