The Chief Shepherd speaks tenderly to us. He knows each of His sheep by name and is willing to lay down His life for the sheep when predators attack the flock:
- There must be good reasons why ‘sheep’ is being used as a metaphor for ‘believers’. One possible reason is that believers are weak, helpless and often directionless like sheep. Why believers are likened to sheep in the Bible: http://bit.ly/1dOjL2C
- Jesus is the Chief Shepherd. In John chapter 10, He is the good shepherd while the thief is satan.
- False prophets and teachers are likened to wolves.
- When shepherds play their proper role, the following passage does not apply to them: “You have never protected the weak ones or healed the sick ones or bandaged those that get hurt. You let them wander off and never look for those that get lost. You are cruel and mean to my sheep. They strayed in every direction, and because there was no shepherd to watch them, they were attacked and eaten by wild animals. My sheep have been attacked and eaten by wild animals, because you refused to watch them. You never went looking for the lost ones, and you fed yourselves without feeding my sheep” (Ezekiel 34: 4, 5, 7,8).