“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
Throughout the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, the people of God are likened to sheep. In fact, Jesus called Himself “the Good Shepherd.”
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
So, according to the Bible, being like a sheep is a good thing. There are no bad qualities recorded in God’s Word concerning the sheep.
HOWEVER, over the last 10 years or so, the word “sheep” has taken on many bad connotations. This is because there has been a concerted effort by the world (and especially by counterfeit Christians) to slander the sheep.
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An especially popular derogatory term has been “sheeple.”
Sheeple (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a derogatory term that highlights the passive herd behavior of people easily controlled by a governing power which likens them to sheep, a herd animal that is easily led about.
Again, Jesus and God Almighty love the sheep.
Which is reason enough for the world to hate the sheep–which it does.
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
Those who hate the sheep slander the sheep and delight in showing their contempt. This is understandable with those who are of the world.
Consequently, we can know those who belittle the sheep in the churches for what they really are: tares, counterfeits and fakes.
There once was a certain man who was in Bible college. This man continually ridiculed people as “sheep.”
“People are such sheep: they’re stupid.”
“He’s such a sheeple. He’s blind.”
“They’re sheep. They deserve everything that happens to them.”
By these statements, it was discerned that this man was not a friend of God. A friend of God is also a friend of the sheep.
Do not slander the sheep.
It reveals more than you know.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Are you a pretender?
There’s no longer any need to pretend.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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