By W. Phillip Keller
'The Lord is my shepherd, I shall no longer be in wish ...' commute the shepherd's route to the golf green pastures and funky, clean waters of Psalm 23. As a shepherd, Phillip Keller stocks his insights into the lifestyles and personality of sheep---and of the nice Shepherd who loves and cares for them. This liked vintage will supply new intending to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your belief in and love for the Lord who watches heavily over you.
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If his sheep were to enjoy green pastures amid the brown, barren hills, it meant he had a tremendous job to do. But green pastures are essential to success with sheep. When lambs are maturing and the ewes need green, succulent feed for a heavy milk flow, there is no substitute for good pasturage. No sight so satisfies the sheep owner as to see his flock well and quietly fed to repletion on rich green forage, able to lie down to rest, ruminate, and gain. In my own ranching operations, one of the keys to the entire enterprise lay in developing rich, lush pastures for my flock.
She maintains her position of prestige by butting and driving other ewes or lambs away from the best grazing or favorite bedgrounds. Succeeding her in precise order the other sheep all establish and maintain their exact position in the flock by using the same tactics of butting and thrusting at those below and around them. A vivid and accurate word picture of this process is given to us in Ezekiel 34:15 – 16 and 20 – 22. This is a startling example, in fact, of the scientific accuracy of the Scriptures in describing a natural phenomenon.
If they are young and suckling, they become orphans. All of this adds to the seriousness of the situation. So it will be seen why a sheepman’s attention is always alert for this problem. During my own years as a keeper of sheep, perhaps some of the most poignant memories are wrapped around the commingled anxiety of keeping a count of my flock and repeatedly saving and restoring cast sheep. It is not easy to convey on paper the sense of this ever-present danger. Often I would go out early and merely cast my eye across the sky.