Why does God compare His people to Sheep?
- Sheep Are “Clean” Animals. This means that they are acceptable to God. Our acceptancecomes only through the merits of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians. 1:6) The nature of the creature determines its appetite, and it is the nature of the sheep to desire the pasture and not the “garbage dump.” 2 Tim. 2:19, “Let everyone that named the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
- Sheep Know Their Shepherd. John 10:14, “I am the good shepherd, and know My sheep, and are known of Mine.” The sheep know the shepherd”™s voice and obey it, but they will not follow if they hear another. There are many “voices” calling today, and some sound religious. The child of God will not follow when he hears the voice of strangers (John 10:5) God’s voice to us today is the Word of God, taught by the Spirit of God. It is encouraging to know that Christ knows each of His sheep by name.
- Sheep Desperately Need A Shepherd. Without the loving care of a shepherd, the sheep would be helpless. Unless we follow our Shepherd, we will go astray (I Peter 2:25)
- Sheep Are Useful Animals The Good Shepherd has every right to expect His sheep to be useful. In return for all He does for us, we should be useful to Him. We should be giving our all to the Lord (Rom. 12:1-2).
- Sheep Flock Together. It is the nature of sheep to want to be with the flock; and it is the nature of the believer to want to be with one another The New Testament knows nothing of isolated Christian living. We need to be identified with God’s people. We need to be steadfast. We need to be in the Lord’s house (Heb. 10:25). The isolated sheep is always in danger.