"Let me tell you a bit about shepherds. They were the last people you’d expect God to take notice of. First of all, they were religious outcasts. According to Jewish religious law, these men were unclean. Their line of work prevented them from participating in the feasts and holy
Contributed by Tim Smith on May 11, 2014
What do we know about the shepherd's life? It's a full time commitment. Sheep are helpless to defend themselves against attack from their natural enemies: lions, bears, wolves, hyenas and foxes which can come in both the day and night so there is never a moment a shepherd can relax. Sheep must be
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 8, 2010
Shepherding in Israel
H.V. Morton gives an account of this sort of thing: "Early one morning I saw an extraordinary sight not far from Bethlehem. Two shepherds had evidently spent the night with their flocks in a cave. The sheep were all mixed together and the time had come for the shepherds to go
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 14, 2003
GUARDED BY THE SHEPHERD
Charles Spurgeon says this about the Great Shepherd:
What is there in you, dear friend, more than there is in any other professor, why you should not prove an apostate after all? What is there about me that I should stand where so many others have fallen?
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 22, 2011
THE VOICE OF THE SHEPHERD
There once was a shepherd that lived in the Scottish highlands. This shepherd had a daughter and he would take her with him when he went out on the moors to take care of the sheep. The thing that the little girl liked best was to hear the call of shepherd. His voice
Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Apr 6, 2011
WHO IS THE SHEPHERD?
Keith Miller writes, "Years ago, when our daughters were very young, we'd drop them off at our church's children's chapel on Sundays before the eleven o'clock service. One Sunday, just as I was about to open the door to the small chapel, the minister came rushing up. He said
BEING A SHEPHERD
My ancestors were farmers and shepherds. Their task was both varied and arduous, demanding and dangerous. Not only did they have to protect their sheep from dangers, sickness, and wild beasts, they also had to be constantly on the search for good pastures and sufficient water. I
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 1, 2011
THE SHEPHERD'S BLOOD
In 1972, a shepherd had brought his sheep into a walled-off, enclosed area for the night, and he had just gone to sleep when he heard a commotion. He quickly rushed over to where the sound was coming from and to his horror he discovered that a wolf was in the process of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 10, 2012
THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE
If you know and follow Jesus as Shepherd you will be able to flee from untruth and ungodly belief systems.
D.L. Moody told the following: A friend, who was traveling in the East, heard that there was a shepherd who still kept up the custom of calling his sheep by name.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 24, 2002
Some years ago at a drawing-room function, one of England’s leading actors was asked to recite for the pleasure of his fellow guests. He consented and asked if there was anything special that his audience would like to hear. After a moment’s pause, an old clergyman present said: "Could you, sir,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
Jesus is like the shepherds in the following and we must be like those sheep.
Bob Crabtree, AG Superintendent of Ohio, tells while in the USSR, he saw two shepherds come together in the middle of the road. They had 300 sheep all become one group. He had to wait as the shepherds talked. Finally,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
Sheep Wander, Shepherds Seek
My friend, Rev. Tom Goode sent me a quote by Margaret Guenther: To be fully known is not possible in our human relationships, but it is the foundation of our relationship with Christ. To be known, fully known, is both painful and profoundly comforting. We accept the
Contributed by Hal Seed on Jul 27, 2007
“The shepherd in his search for the sheep, and the woman in her search for the coin do not do anything out of the ordinary beyond what anyone in their place would do. But the actions the father takes in the third story are unique, marvelous, divine actions which have not been
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
The place that the shepherds found was not an academy or an abstract republic; it was not a place of myths allegorised or dissected or
Contributed by Ervin Kimrey on Jun 29, 2005
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SHEPHERD
With a spring in his step and an eye to the sky, at sunrise, he makes straight for the sheep fold. As soon as he rattles the gate, he gives his morning call, greets the sheep, often by name, every sheep is on its feet. They spring toward the gate, with expectancy
Contributed by Tony Abram on Sep 25, 2006
Moses was old and shepherd of sheep on the backside of the desert. He failed at age 40 with his talent, rank and money to deliver his people. He tried to do it in his own strength. How God moves in at age 80 in to his life, not in the palace but in a humble job.
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 12, 2001
There is an ancient Scottish legend - a shepherd boy tending a small flock of sheep on the side of a mountain. One day as he cared for his sheep he saw at his feet a beautiful flower -- one that was more beautiful than any he had ever seen in his life. He knelt down upon his knees and scooped the
Contributed by Darren Ethier on May 21, 2002
The message of the angels to the shepherds was that there was Good News! We like good news. We certainly don’t like bad news. A father came home from a very rugged day at work and said to his wife, "I’ve had a bad day. Please! If you have any bad news tonight, keep it to yourself." To which she
Contributed by Tom Papez on Jul 27, 2009
FACTS ABOUT SHEPHERDS
1. They were constantly on the move, sort of like carnival workers.
2. They were often accused of being thieves, corrupt.
3. They “lived” out in the fields (check out verse 8), they were just there, they lived there (picture them as the kind of person that eyed sheep all
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 21, 2009
Sheep Know Shepherd’s Voice
The contrast with the shepherd is even greater for the shepherd knows each sheep by name and his sheep follow his voice alone. Lloyd Ogilvie, the former Chaplain of the Senate and Pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian Church tells of being in the Middle East and watching a