Isaiah 53:6We all, like sheep, have goneastray, each of us has turned toour own way; and the LORD haslaid on him the iniquity of us all.
Sheep are dumb(You wont find sheep acts in the circusbecause they cant be trained to perform). Sheep are unintelligent & they dont learnfrom mistakes but in fact often repeatthem. They tend to wander & go astray &are unable to find their way home to thesheepfold even when it is within sight!
But knowing this theshepherd nevertakes His eyes off Hiswandering sheep
Defenseless (No quills likeporcupines, scent like skunks, clawslike cats or teeth like lions). Asheeps bite is harmless. Most haveno horns. Unable to defendthemselves against attacks. Lambsare especially vulnerable & in needof protection.
Sheep drown easily (wool soaks up the water& they sink to the bottom).If they get on their backs they cannot rightthemselves. Kicking & bleating doesnt helpalthough their cries can alert the shepherdwho sets them on their feet again.
They don’t have a good sense of danger andare unaware of what may hurt them.Often a sheep will wander into a briar patchor fall over a cliff in the rugged Palestinianhills.The shepherd tenderly searches for his sheepand carries it to safety on his shoulder,wrapped in his own long cloak(Luke 15:3, 4, 5, 6).Sheep depend TOTALLY upon their shepherd.
Need meticulous care: Phillip Keller(1) writesthat"Sheep do not "just take care of themselves" assome might suppose. They require more thanany other class of livestock, endless attentionand meticulous care."In water-hungry Syria and Palestine, shepherdshave always had to search diligently for water,sometimes for hours every day for they knowthat the sheep must be watered daily.
Sheep have actually been known to nibblethemselves over the cliff! That is dumb!But as you say it or think it, rememberthat "sheep" are a metaphor for men! Sowhat is the great need for mankind?Clearly without a tender, caring shepherdwilling to lay down his life for the sheep,they would surely perish & so it is with allmen who do not have a "Good Shepherd"WE ARE THE "SHEEP".
A Psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd,I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in greenpastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul;He guides me in the paths of righteousnessFor His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through thevalley of the shadow of death,I fear no evil, for You are with me;Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before mein the presence of my enemies;You have anointed my head with oil;My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness andlovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The LORD is MY Shepherd =Jehovah Roi. He is not just "a"Shepherd or "Israels" Shepherd,but is my own personalShepherd.