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The Tabernacle Times
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October 2012                                    Tishrei - Cheshvan 5773                                    Volume 7 Issue 10

The Good Shepherd

Rabbi JEremy Storch

By Rabbi
Jeremy Storch

Shepherding is the most honored secular profession of the entire Old Testament era. Sheep and shepherds are referred to in the Bible more than five hundred times.

Along with tending gardens and farming, it is one of the world’s oldest professions. Abel was a keeper of sheep, and he offered to God of the firstlings of the flock (Genesis 4:2). The Hebrew founding fathers—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—were all shepherds. When Jacob’s small family migrated into Egypt, they described their occupation: “Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers” (Genesis 47:3). David, Israel’s favorite king, was

 

first a shepherd of his father’s sheep (1 Samuel 16:11).

The most beloved chapter of the Bible is the Shepherd’s Psalm, which compares the relationship between a man and his God to that of a sheep and his shepherd (Psalm 23). This figure is used often in the Old Testament (Psalm 74:1; 77:20; 78:52; 79:13; 80:1; Isaiah 40:11; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:12–15; Micah 7:14). God even pictured Himself as Israel’s Shepherd (Psalm 100:3). Needless to say, no one would have been surprised if the Messiah to come in the guise of a shepherd.
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