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Shepherds


1. Early mention of. Ge 4:2.

2. Usually carried a scrip or bag. 1Sa 17:40.

3. Carried a staff or rod. Le 27:32; Ps 23:4.

4. Dwelt in tents while tending their flocks. Song 1:8; Isa 38:12.

5. Members of the family both male and female acted as. Ge 29:6; 1Sa 16:11; 17:15.

6. Had hired keepers under them. 1Sa 17:20.

7. The unfaithfulness of hireling, alluded to. Joh 10:12.

8. Care of the sheep by, exhibited in

a. Knowing them. Joh 10:14.

b. Going before and leading them. Ps 77:20; 78:52; 80:1.

c. Seeking out good pasture for them. 1Ch 4:39-41; Ps 23:2.

d. Numbering them when they return from pasture. Jer 33:13.

e. Watching over them by night. Lu 2:8.

f. Tenderness to the ewes in lamb, and to the young. Ge 33:13,14; Ps 78:71.

g. Defending them when attacked by wild beasts. 1Sa 17:34-36; Am 3:12.

h. Searching them out when lost and straying. Eze 34:12; Lu 15:4,5.

i. Attending them when sick. Eze 34:16.

9. An abomination to the Egyptians. Ge 46:34.

10. Illustrative

a. Of God as leader of Israel. Ps 77:20; 80:1.

b. Of Christ as the good shepherd. Eze 34:23; Zec 13:7; Joh 10:14; Heb 13:20.

c. Of kings as the leaders of the people. Isa 44:28; Jer 6:3; 49:19.

d. Of ministers of the gospel. Jer 23:4.

e. (Searching out straying sheep,) of Christ seeking the lost. Eze 34:12; Lu 15:2-7.

f. (Their care and tenderness,) of tenderness of Christ. Isa 40:11; Eze 34:13-16.

g. (Ignorant and foolish,) of bad ministers. Isa 56:11; Jer 50:6; Eze 34:2,10; Zec 11:7,8,15-17.