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WANDERING SHEEP

Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Wandering Sheep Bible study. We'll be looking into that and all aspects of the Christian Walk. This SON-derful study reveals truth as to bring forth understanding and peace within.


WANDERING SHEEP

There is a lil wandering sheep story going around which suggests that there are shepherds who break the legs of their wandering sheep which would stray away from the flock. The story suggests that they use splints to hold the sheep's legs in place and then carry the sheep on their shoulders while the sheep's legs heal.

The theory is that the wandering sheep will become dependent on the Shepherd and when the legs are healed and they are able to walk again, they will THEN KNOW the shepherd and choose to follow the shepherd and not be wanering sheep anymore.

Tho this story is NOT Biblically sound, some have chosen to use that suggested theory and the following Scripture as a basis, to suggest that the Lord does the same to His wandering sheep.

Job 5:18
How enviable is the man whom God corrects. Oh, do not despise the chastening of the Lord when you sin. For though he wounds, he binds and heals once again.

Knowing the story of Job and what was truly going on, we know the TRUTH. Job was being tested by the enemy of our soul and the Lord allowed it because the Lord believed in the Faith and Patience of His servant Job.

Tho, I understand completely the INTENT of this analogy, it has some major flaws.


WANDERING SHEEP BIBLE STUDY


No ... This leg breaking method may be what a bad shepherd does, but is not what a Good Shepherd does with a sheep that wanders away according to the Word of God ...

Matthew 18:12-13
How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

Jesus is the GOOD Shepherd ...

John 10:11
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

John 10:14
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

This Scripture reveals that Jesus is KNOWN of the sheep and He needs not break their legs to get em to know and follow Him.

They CHOOSE to follow Him.

Our Shepherd is a Good Shepherd ...


WANDERING SHEEP WARNING


Those that use what Job said to prove their leg breaking shepherd theory forgot what else Job said just before the verse they like to use to show our Lord as a leg breaker ...

Job 5:17
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: How enviable is the man whom God corrects.

Of course He will correct us as any good parent would, but our Lord wants us to CHOOSE to follow Him ...

Not be abused into having to.

Most of the time the WORD of God is correction enough to keep us on the path ...

2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
...

Other times, we may fall short and He will correct us as any good Father would ...

Proverbs 3:11-12
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

And sometimes, it is nothing nice ...

Proverbs 15:10
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way ...


WANDERING SHEEPTRUTH AND BLESSING

But, we understand it afterward and are so glad that He saved us from our choices.

No ... If you find our Good Shepherd carrying us on His shoulders, it is usually cuz of something that we did to ourselves and in LOVE ...

He is carrying us during our healing time.

Isaiah 40:11
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

So, let us follow the method of the Good Shepherd if and when we are given the position of Overseer of His sheep.

Acts 20:28
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.

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