(November 25, 2015)
In our text, Paul said believers
were considered as sheep for the slaughter. People are compared to sheep in
many places in the Bible. This lesson instructs and helps us to have a
better understanding of our relationship to each other and the Lord Jesus
These are some of the similarities between the sheep and the
I- THE SHEEP NEED A SHEPHERD
• Their need of a shepherd
moved Jesus with compassion.
Mark 6:34; And Jesus,
when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward
them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to
teach them many things.
• Bible tells us the Lord Jesus is the
great shepherd and even introduces himself as the good Shepherd who cares
then gives us rest and protection. As shepherd He leads us and we need to
Hebrew 13:20; Now the God of peace, that
brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the
sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
10:11, 14- I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his
life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known
II- THE SHEEP NEED A SHEEPFOLD
• Jesus talks about
sheepfold of the sheep.
John 10:1 Verily, verily, I
say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but
climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Lord called David from the sheepcote.
2 Samuel 7:8
Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD
of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be
ruler over my people, over Israel:
• As a flock of God we need to
stay together. The good local church is the best place for us to stay
together under the leadership of Jesus Christ our good shepherd. Every
Christian must belong to and have a local church membership.
III- THE SHEEP MUST BE FED
• Jesus repeatedly reminds
Peter the importance of feeding the sheep.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas,
lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest
that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again
the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him,
Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter
was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he
said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.
Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
• When Paul called the elders
of Ephesus, and make it clear of their main responsibility to feed the
church of God.
Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto
yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made
you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his
• Peter writes to overseers of the church like himself to
feed the flock of God.
1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of
God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but
willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
sheep needs the nourishment and thus Christians need a good pastor who
believes, preaches and teaches the words of God --Ephesians 4:11-12
Jesus Christ is the Great Shepherd, He will used the under shepherd which is
the Pastor to feed His sheep.
IV- THE SHEEP CAN GO ASTRAY
• Both the Prophet Isaiah
of the Old Testament and Apostle Peter of the New Testament declared that
the sheep have a tendency to go astray.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. ;
Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now
returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
• Remember that
before we were saved we were like sheep who gone astray. But after we get
saved we need now to be careful not to wander from the shepherd and the
flock to protects us of the dangers.
V- THE SHEEP ARE ATTACKED BY WOLVES
• Jesus send us as
sheep in the midst of the false prophets who are wolves that attacks and
scattered the sheep.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send
you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents,
and harmless as doves.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of
false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are
John 10:12 But he that is an
hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf
coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and
scattereth the sheep.
• Likewise, the devil and the enemies of the
Lord as a roaring lion seeking to devour sheep- 1 Peter 5:8.
VI- THE SHEEP ARE HARMED BY A HIRELING
10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose
own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and
fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
wrong kind of Pastor represents as the hireling. This kind of Pastor is
there for the sake of himself and not for the welfare of the sheep. This
wrong Pastor leaves and flee from the flock when trouble comes.
VII- THE SHEEP ARE SLAUGHTERED
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are
accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as
sheep for the slaughter.
• We like a sheep are to offer ourselves as
a living sacrifice to the Lord- Romans 12:1, and we are to die in our old
selves daily- 1 Corinthians 15:31
• When we live godly we are going to
be persecuted- 2 Timothy 3:12. Sadly, this don’t happen today which is an
indication of ungodly lifestyle as Christian changed and compromise with the
Conclusion: If you are not saved, trust Jesus Christ as
your Saviour and become your shepherd. And if you are saved and Jesus is
your shepherd, you need to follow him faithfully, and get under a good
pastor who will feed you and look out for your own good.