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John 10: 11, 14: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
1 Peter 5:4: “and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”

Our pastor used to live in Wyoming, and among his many encounters, he got to know a local shepherd and wanted to learn about his occupation of caring for sheep. One morning, while the shepherd was rousing the flock to wake up, our pastor saw the shepherd tend to some sheep that had rolled over on their sides. Sheep are similar to turtles; if they fall over sleeping, they need help getting up. They can actually die from asphyxiation if they’re not righted, because they cannot get up on their own. The shepherd would help right the sheep, massaging their legs until they could stand and move on their own. This puzzled our pastor; he asked the shepherd why did he keep those sheep, for all the trouble they caused him. Why didn’t he just get rid of them?

The shepherd looked at our pastor in amazement. He told him he wouldn’t get rid of them; those were some of his best sheep! They were incredibly loyal, and would never wander away from him. They knew the sound of his voice.

(Now, our pastor told us this tale in his own sermon series recently on Jesus: I Am; so, if I’ve quoted the story incorrectly, I’m sure he’ll set me straight. :-) )

We are sheep, and we need a Good Shepherd. Jesus is that Shepherd. He cares for us, protects us, and even corrects us when we stray. Jesus contrasted the Good Shepherd with hirelings who don’t take care of sheep, who run at the first sign of trouble. Jesus isn’t that way; we know the sound of His Voice, and are dependent on him.

Peter writes in 1 Peter, chapter 5, verse 4, that those who care for God’s flock will receive that crown of glory from the Chief Shepherd…and this Shepherd is also Jesus.

Something to think about!

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Ephesians 6:16 “in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.”

In our daily lives, we use many things for shields. I am referring here to ordinary things, not the things of fictional books and TV; I’m not talking about Captain America’s indestructible shield or the shields that were used to protect the starship Enterprise on Star Trek (never saw those shields but they mostly worked whenever Captain Kirk and crew were under attack!)

In a rainstorm, we use umbrellas to shield us from the rain and wind. We use wide brim hats to shield us from the bright sunlight and its harmful effects. We use emergency funds and savings as shields against sudden job loss or unexpected big bills. Parents often are shields for their children against harmful influences while those kids are still growing up. The offensive line protects the quarterback and running backs in a football play from the opposing team’s defense. A shepherd is “the” shield for his flock of sheep against all kinds of danger.

My oldest son helped me light the fire in the fireplace last night. Once lit, we shut the firescreen; this is a metallic “screen door” designed to let the heat out, but keep sparks from popping out of the fireplace onto the carpet. Though the sparks were hot, they would hit that screen and bounce back…most time the sparks would be extinguished. The shield of faith is our defense “to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one”. The devil is not above both kinds of attack…up close and long-distance. To advance against his attack you must practice your faith in God every day. Remember, a shield is no good to you unless you pick it up and use it!

Have a blessed day!

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