This “brick” helps us understand a little about the predicament that we are in – not because of what we have done but because of who we are. We are like sheep. Here’s a few things about sheep that you or may not already know…
Sheep are stupid – They can’t be trained to do anything. Not like a dog or an elephant or a monkey. You don’t have to listen to people very long to figure out that we are dumb – especially when it comes to conversing intelligently about important stuff. Mundane stuff we are good with. But not so much with things that are a matter of life and death – like redemption and sanctification and heaven and hell. We spend lots of time thinking about sports and cooking and our jobs but not much time thinking about God and the Scriptures.
Sheep have a terrible sense of direction – Like so many people who go through life without direction or purpose or goals. We follow our fancy rather than following our Father and as a result we find ourselves in a world of hurt and despair. Many people are content to just exist instead of experiencing the adventure that God has designed them for.
Sheep can’t take care of themselves – They have no built in defense mechanism like other animals (for example skunks or porcupines or rhinos); They are virtually defenseless and helpless creatures. People can’t save themselves. Throughout the ages they have tried and failed miserably. They need a rescuer. They need a leader.
They need a Good Shepherd!