Where Were The Sheep?

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In the Christmas story the shepherds were abiding in the field keeping watch over their flocks by night. Then the angel showed up and broke the news that their Savior had been born. So the shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus.

“Let’s go straight to Bethlehem, then,” they said, “and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15.

But where were the sheep? The shepherds couldn’t haul their flocks with them all the way to Bethlehem. Their flocks were their livelihood, their only provision for food, clothing and shelter for their families. They were “keeping watch” over them when the angel appeared. They abandoned their flocks to obey the Lord’s calling. Exposing their flocks to hungry animals and other dangers of the night.

When they returned from seeing the Christ child and Joseph and Mary, the Bible says they came home and “made known” all they had seen.

Where were the sheep? The Bible makes no mention of them on the shepherds’ return. I like to think their flocks were intact, just as they had left them. Safe. Protected from harm by the same God who visited the shepherds in the countryside.

Isn’t that just like God? Calling us to serve Him and taking care of every little detail for us.

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5 thoughts on “Where Were The Sheep?

  1. Pingback: My Article Read (12-16-2014) | My Daily Musing

  2. Any mind open to growth in consciousness, awareness and common sense and ready to free itself from the fundamental darkness of ignorance, which causes mankind immeasurable pain and suffering in the name of some man-made religion, must first accept the living God is, in fact, a Spiritual Force – (John 4:24).

    What I find to be an amazing example of dualistic thinking and the “confusion” it creates in the minds of men, is the belief that Christ was a person who walked through the dry, arid and desert-like regions as described in the KJV of the Bible maintaining a white complexion in an environment of 100 + degrees much of the time. Common sense contradicts even a remote possibility of this being factual.

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    • Very interesting observation. I have to agree with you that our culture has always portrayed Jesus as a white man. You are right, in my opinion, regarding what must be a misrepresentation of Jesus’ skin color, being born and raised in the desert. Aren’t we truly blessed that God does not look at the color of our skin, but the condition of our heart. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and observations.

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    • Amen, Butch. I agree. Thanks for your comment and God bless. Still loving your stuff. I need to catch up on you and my other three regular daily reads soon.

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