Here are five qualities that I found, that describe a good shepherd, along with five scriptures that show why this is such a perfect description of Jesus…. Chances are good the story you chose to read from the Bible is Luke 2:1-20. But reread the Scripture at this moment and listen to the angel’s words. Of course, the ultimate shepherd is Jesus. Desert and Shepherd in Our Biblical Heritage – Nogah Hareuveni (1991). The angel does not tell the shepherds to go, but how else could they find the Savior? Luke 2:18 says, “And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” They weren’t amazed that shepherds were telling them; they were amazed at the content of what the shepherds said. We should also understand that Jesus declares that he is the good shepherd thus making him God. But one Saturday, Paul sensed the need to attend. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches & conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups. When the Bible says that He gave His life for His sheep, it is because, if someone did not do this, all the sheep would be lost, because they can’t defend themselves. In yesterday’s passage we saw how Paul said to the Ephesian elders, ‘Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. As believers we must understand that the gospel reaches all people, a lesson we can learn from the shepherds at Christmas. He was soon captured and taken into custody. 2. Maybe you were a young child or a teenager or a young adult when you heard the life changing message of the gospel. Paul did not know what to expect but what he heard changed his life. However, in this study, we want to see the characteristics of a good shepherd and how we are in the role of a shepherd. Sheep are foolish I don’t know what sheep would score in an animal IQ, but I think they would be close to the bottom of the scale. Throughout Scripture, sinners in general, and God’s people in particular, are described as sheep. The good shepherd knows his sheep because “…the sheep listen to his voice. There are no better teachers or models of leadership. Indeed, much of the Exodus story is told with elements of that image: God leading his people through the wilderness, feeding, caring and protecting them. The angel said the sign they were to look for that would identify the Savior, was a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, which was normal for any newborn at the time, placed in a manger, which was certainly not normal in that day. Remember, these were not guys people wanted to be around, yet it is this group of unpopular people that first come to see the Savior. …, The Map Maker: Discover Joyful, Spirit-filled Ministry by Making Disciples and Transforming the Marketplace, Book review: Morality — Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times, A 3-pronged response to the lawlessness of our age. This brings Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, because they are in the line of David. Time and again church members will say, “When I saw what the elders did, I was inspired and knew this was for real.”. Paul Rickenbacker had walked into the local mall and fatally wounded many of the townspeople. His crime and arrest made national news and was the talk of the country, because it was the largest tragedy in history at a public venue. See the whole series here. The angel then goes into detail about who Jesus is: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior (rescuer, redeemer, deliverer) who is Christ (Messiah, anointed one) the Lord (Master, ruler).” Packed into that one statement is rich theology. So many shepherds in the Bible. Just as fast as the angels appeared in the sky, they vanish from sight and the shepherds are plunged into darkness once again. He calls his own sheep by name…” (John 10:3). Out in the field’s shepherds are watching their flocks. His Shepherd Psalm has become the classic of the ages. In verse 10 the message comes from a singular unnamed angel and concludes with a host of angels giving praise to God for the peace he has provided to the earth through his Son. The church senses that the good shepherd genuinely cares for them and puts their interest ahead of his own. 1. Shepherds were not a very popular group of people. As the interview came to an end, Paul shared with the viewing audience how the Lord saved him and changed his life. They observe him sacrificing time, money and energy for them. 3:4). Every Saturday morning during that time, a Bible study has been held at the prison. Bible Verses about Jesus Christ as Shepherd. The church senses that the good shepherd genuinely cares for them and puts their interest ahead of his own. Simon Peter encouraged elders to “be shepherds of God’s flock” [under their care so that] “when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away” (1 Peter 5:2-4). No one is beyond the reach of God’s grace. No one would see a halo around his head as he walked through the streets, but his humility would serve as our example to follow today. They were considered social misfits, thieves, and religious outcasts. As you know, the shepherd image has a long history within the Bible. The shepherd solicitously guards the mother during her helpless moments and picks up the lamb and carries it to the fold. 1. Do we hurry immediately to His word when we in turn receive a good report of the Lord’s work in the world today? The birth of offspring in a flock often occurs far off on the mountain side. Recently my husband and I heard a popular, famous preacher on the radio, who was preaching on Mathew 25:33 "...and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left." They see that he is there to weep with them when they weep and rejoice with them when they rejoice. Third, I want to identify one more type of shepherd. The Bible contains many prophetic references to the One who would be the Ideal Shepherd , the Perfect Shepherd (Ezekiel 34:11-16), and a Savior who would see the multitudes as sheep having no shepherd or, even worse, a worthless shepherd (Zechariah 11:16-17). One clue in the context, a subtle hint, supports the opposite view of the legend. That is why integrity and consistency represent essential virtues for pastors. Fresh sermon illustrations and updates on new sermons, preaching articles and much more! The shepherds heard and were impacted by the gospel—this group of people who were unpopular in society, seen as a criminal, and without a religious bone in their bodies. With Jesus, there would be no hunger or thirsting. I propose 'shepherd-leadership'. But consider this, God used that person at a precise time in your life to save your soul and to bring you peace. He is good. A good pastor takes time to listen to people, learns as many of their names as possible, and takes a keen interest in their everyday activities. A good shepherd led the flock into a protected enclosure and then slept in the opening of the sheepfold. In biblical history, this image passes from God to his leaders as Moses, David and the elders here in the NT are referred to as shepherds. The good shepherd also protects his sheep. Jesus never coercesus; He invitesus to follow Him. Unlike other animals that shed their hair in the spring, many breeds of sheep must be shorn – have their fleece cut off with shears or clippers. Let’s look at their duties: 1. From the idea of the shepherd as a protector and leader of the flock, came the concept of God as the Shepherd of Israel. As Paul sat quietly in his metal chair, in the state issued orange jumpsuit, God grabbed a hold of his life and Paul gave his life to Christ. Christianity Today strengthens the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel. Posted on April 8, 2011 | Comments Off on CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD SHEPHERD. These nine characteristics of sheep in the Bible are so close to our lives it’s uncanny. A good pastor does not manipulate or threaten the flock. Back to Paul Rickenbacker who has served ten years of his life sentence. The night sky lights up with the glory of God and all those sitting in the fields were overcome by the light’s intensity. The qualities that made Jesus the Good Shepherd are the same qualities that still characterize a worthy pastor/elder. First, the Bible says Jesus is the “Good Shepherd” and the “Chief Shepherd.” Second, it’s easy to see the parallels between the “Good Shepherd” and pastors. This setting was not unusual for shepherds, but what is about to happen is something we still talk about to this day. Christ claims for Himself the title of the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14). One tradition that some families have is to read the Christmas story on Christmas morning before gifts are open. Sign Up For Our Newsletter Here are some characteristics of sheep and I think you will agree that it is very applicable to us! Finally, as human occupations go, shepherds are unique. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. This resonated with Paul because he understood what literal bondage was but had no idea the impact of sin on eternal life. He spoke in a vernacular common to that time. Can you remember where you were and who God sent your way to announce Jesus and invite you to follow him? I’ve listened to it 3 times already. This message on Matthew 23 was preached at Littleton Bible Chapel on February 2, 2012. “I never thought this could happen in my town,” said the residents of this tiny southern town when they learned the news of the horrific crime. Residents are to return to the city of their lineage. Christmas time is filled with tradition. A strong sympathy for helpless animals, though sometimes misdirected, is a marked characteristic of the people of Bible lands. So, maybe being placed in a feeding trough was fitting for the one who is the bread of life. Understands the needs of the sheep better than they do. One of the keys to successful capital campaigns is for church leaders to make advance commitments and for that total to be revealed to the congregation. The massacre in the mall ten years earlier surpassed anything in prior history. The first words from the angel’s mouth are to calm their fears. As Isaiah 53 teaches, the Messiah did not come in the royalty he deserved. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep" (Jon 10:12,13). You may wonder what is the character of sheep and why God chose to use sheep and goats as symbols for how we act. In these verses God teaches us that a census has been ordered in the land. As John 10:11 puts it, “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Christ demonstrated His love for us by dying for us while we were still sinners. The beginning of the Messiah’s days on earth started in great humility, as he was placed in a feeding trough for animals. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. They spent their entire lives taking care of sheep. The shepherd also carried a long staff. My friend Wessel sent me this sermon a few days ago because I was looking for a good sermon on grace. The good shepherd leads the sheep: he “leads them out” (John 10:3). This sermon is part of the sermon series "The Characters of Christmas". "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep" (John 10:11). That day, I wrote my prayer in the margin of my Bible in One Year: that I would shepherd the people with integrity of heart and lead them with skilful hands (Psalm 78:72). Outline: The Bad Shepherds of Israel (23:13-36). Why We Are Compared to Sheep in the Bible. Use sheep and I think you will agree that it was the shepherd about grace,... 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