Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
What the Shepherd Did When Finds the Missing Sheep
The shepherd having labored in the wilderness walking here and there to locate the sheep on locating the sheep does not turn back his face, does not say the injury is too much, does not start “rebuking” the sheep, does not start beating the sheep again for not listening to his instructions when he was tendering them.
Things like these; people, preachers, and those who claim to be holy than others are doing today when they see someone who has backslid, they will lay so many charges on the person as if they are saints, as if they have never stumbled since they gave their lives to Christ Jesus and by so doing, if the person has no strong resolution to keep on following Christ, they shall be sent back from faith.
But the man does not do this, he did not add troubles upon the sheep’s trouble, what he did were:
1. Runs to it
On discovering its pathetic position, febrile position and could neither cry nor shout again, the shepherd runs to where the sheep’s voice is coming from and saved it.
2. Rescued it from dangerous animals or trap
The sheep was rescued. Someone missing if he or she does not find the previous landmarks would remain missing. So is the missing animal, he would have walked and ran deep in the forest such that it has missed those landmarks to know the route back, and if not that the shepherd located it, it would remain missing in the desert and would become food to the wilderness animals. When it was located it was delivered from those animals and traps that it would have entered.
3. Kill the animal or destroy the trap
After saving it, he killed the animal and or destroy the trap that has caught the missing sheep. Jesus removes far from those he saved traps declares their freedom to the surprise of the devil and its cohorts.
4. Treat its wound, first aid applied
On discovering the deplorable condition of the animal as it cries in agony of the trap that has caught it, he runs to it removes the trap that has caught it and poured oil on the site of the wound, to bring about quick healing. (Luk. 10:25 ff)
That is what God does for us when he saved us from the hands of the devil, he delivers us from the trap that we have entered through sin, liberating us. After delivering us, he poured his oil of healing on us to bring about speedy recovery for he does not want us to be in pains again.
“Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jer 8:22)
“Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.” (Jer 51:8)
God wants to treat our wounded portions, spiritually and physically, what he asks of us is that we allow him to do this for us. Many of us are still struggling and preventing God from doing this in our lives, he is today saying we should stop struggling with our lives and we should hand our lives over unto him.
5. Too Weak to Walk, He Carries It
The animal having been attacked may be too weak to walk back to where their abode is alone, thence he carried the sheep on his shoulder.
“And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” (Luk 15:5)
6. If a Lamb, it will be Carried
Assuming the sheep is baby, called lamb, it will be carried by the shepherd.
7. Shepherd Rejoicing Back Home
The joy of the shepherd knew no limitation when he finds the sheep, and finds it alive, for he perhaps was thinking maybe he will find its corpse or discover that dangerous animal would almost have finished consuming it, but this was not what happened, though injured, assuming it has been caught by a trap or have been attacked by dangerous animal, but it is yet alive that is what gives the shepherd the ultimate joy and he cannot hide is joy.
Perhaps people have advised that he should not go in search of the animal that it would be then have been killed by dangerous animals, he may have been told that he knows that the wilderness is dangerous and there is nothing missing there that anyone has ever recovered or found alive again according to the history of the shepherds in the area, but he insisted that he will give it a trail because there is no crime in trying.
You could picture his kind of joy on finding the sheep alive, though injured, though saved from the mouth of the dangerous animals, but since it is alive, he knows there is hope for the sheep, it is a dead thing that has no hope again but something that is yet alive there is hope of living for it, there is hope of making it, there is hope of recovery for it.
This he believes and this was what gives it joy and he cannot hide his joy as he returns home with the sheep on his shoulder.
Jesus has not given up on you, though you are yet to be saved, though demons want him to give up on you, saying you are in their cage and there is no way of escape for you, but he is yet saying there is hope for you if and only if you can hear his voice and open your heart unto Him today.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Rev 3:20)
In the next article I shall tell us the reaction of the sheep and the events at the base of the shepherd.
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