Summary of Devotion by Jan Pienaar - 17 May 2010

Ps 78:50-53 "He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but
gave their life over to the pestilence; And smote all the firstborn in
Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham: But made
his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the
wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they
feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies."

God uses sheep as an example in the Bible.

Sheep are defenseless. They're silent; they don't kick and make a noise.

David knew what it meant to be a sheep. When he was fleeing from Saul
and was at Engedi he experienced God's rod and staff comforting him
and he wrote Ps 23. He was at peace for God gave him peace.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into
the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and
a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the
sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and
he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he
putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep
follow him: for they know his voice. " (John 10:1-4).

Do you know His voice and follow Him? If you don't hear His voice how
can you do His will?

There are still places where sheep is kept like in Jesus' time, for
example in Turkey. The shepherds lead their sheep during the day to
feed and they follow them. But at night they are kept in a kraal or
pen. All the shepherds in that region keep their sheep together in the
same pen. In the morning each one stands in the door of the pen and
calls his sheep and only his sheep stand up and go. As they pass by
him in the gate he feels them and he immediately knows if one is not
well. He protects his sheep and would not allow them to be hurt.

Even when an imitator comes the sheep do not move. They know the
shepherd's voice.

Now we are sheep and the Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd. This is true
life to be lead by Him. There is nothing else to live for. There is
nothing as blessed as being in His presence.


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