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The Tabernacle Times
February 2016                             Shevat - Adar 5776                         Volume 11 Issue 2

The Good Shepherd

Rabbi & Brenda
by Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda 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.

The Good Shepherd

But Yeshua’s hand never held a shepherd’s crook, so far as we know. He never counted and recounted sheep as they passed under His rod at sunset. He never crinkled His nose at the pungent sheep smell on a hot Jerusalem day, nor did He strain His eye to see if that was a wandering sheep far down the hillside. He never chased away a bear nor took a lion by the beard, as David did when his little lambs were threatened (1 Samuel 17:34–35).
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