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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 13, 2014 - That Great Shepherd of the Sheep

By Violet Schoonmaker

A sheep is perhaps the most stupid, helpless, defenseless creature on earth. It must be cared for day and night, led and defended. It is not able, like other animals, to recognize poisonous weeds, and the shepherd must jump ahead of it and turn it in another direction.

If left alone, the sheep becomes lost and cannot find its way home. When frightened, sheep will pile up until hundreds of them suffocate in a few minutes. If one sheep jumps over a precipice, the others will follow. If sheep are attacked, they have no way of defending themselves.

God surely knew all about men when He called them "sheep." He knew that they needed a shepherd. But the tragedy was that man did not want to be shepherded. He turned to his own way, went astray, and lost himself on the mountains of sin, becoming a prey to wild beasts.

There were shepherds in Israel who pretended to look after God's sheep, but they were false shepherds, feeding themselves and not the flock. A description of these hirelings is found in Ezekiel 34:4, "The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them."

God pronounced a woe on these hirelings and told them that He himself would "search the sheep, and seek them out." In the twenty-third verse of this chapter He said, "I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd."

God was not speaking of David, the shepherd boy, for David had been dead many years before this prophecy was given. He was speaking of "the shepherd, the stone of Israel," promised Joseph in Genesis 49:24, the Shepherd who dwells between the cherubim (Psalm 80:1).

And when that Shepherd came, shepherds "keeping watch over their flock by night" were the first to welcome Him. When He grew to manhood He told men that He would be their Shepherd, and explained just what kind of Shepherd He would be — a "good shepherd" who knows His sheep and is known by them.

He told them about the Shepherd who left the ninety and the nine and went after one little sheep who had gone astray until He found it. He had come to "seek and to save that which was lost." He would not leave them as the hireling who flees when he sees the wolf coming, but He would lay down His life for them that they might have life "more abundantly."

But men did not understand Him. They smote the Shepherd, and the sheep were scattered (Zechariah 13:7). However, the "God of peace ... brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep" (Hebrews 13:20). And He lives today.

Is this great Shepherd yours? Can you say, "The Lord is my shepherd" (Psalm 23:1)? The one who wrote this psalm was sure of his Shepherd. Are you?

— "That Great Shepherd of the Sheep" originally appeared in the June 2, 1957, Pentecostal Evangel.




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