“And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father’s house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me; And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have. And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.” Genesis 46:31-34
These men are shepherds!
- They’ve come all the way from Canaan to join me, with everything they own; their flocks and herds.
My brothers and sisters, that also is our occupation, we look after people. Don’t be afraid to tell Pharaoh or anyone who you are and what you do. Tell him that, ‘We have been shepherds from our youth, as our fathers have been for many generations.‘
- We look after people!
- We breed the sheep/believers, to suit the landscape, climate and way of life, and to trust God.
Our flocks have two functions :
- Survive the winters and the tough times, and in the spring and summer months produce good lambs and rear them in the mountains so the flock is sustained with ewe lambs, and the church that they’ve surplus of lambs.
- Our sheep have that sense of belonging too. They’re taught a sense of belonging by their mothers as lambs – an unbroken chain of learning that goes back thousands of years.
That is why we never tire, looking after people. When it comes to looking after sheep, time is important – we redeem the time for the days are evil.
Also you need right clothes, boots, and to eat well because your business is all about feeding your sheep. “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” Ephesians 6:13-18).
Looking after sheep requires everyone effort, it is more of teamwork. Sheep can smell weakness, and can escape and create chaos, and if work alone you can’t cover lots of places on your own.
Beware of predators
Shepherds lead their flock places where there are no predators, and the sheep are left to graze alone, but are brought down several times a year for lambing, clipping and other key activities in the life of the flock. David said, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:2-4
To be continued…