If you, beloved reader, are living in a big city such as New York, or in any other metropolis, you may not be interested to know about shepherds. You may like to drink the milk that the sheep produces, and the cheese, and meat, but you may not care about the persons that raise such animals! And that is fine. That is not a problem.
You may have never seen one shepherd, and never seen a sheep! But I have lived most of my youth in an island where sheeps and shepherds are very common. As a child and as a young adult I was not much interested in such life style. I saw shepherds close by and they smelled like sheep! I was in a different world, and I seemed to not to fit with such people. But I did not the wealth of wisdom I would learn from a Shepherd!
My father built houses and fixed them. He was a hard worker, and he did not smell like sheep, but like cement. Yet, now, I admire the shepherds that raise the sheeps.
Why, you may ask? Well, sheeps’ milk and goat’s milk was what I drank growing up when it was available. I grew up during the Second World War, and food was scarce, which included milk. Later on cow’s milk was more available and we began drinking that milk. And once I moved away from my island I switched completely to cow’s milk. But that milk is more difficult to digest, and I still prefer the sheep and goat’s milk. I also enjoy the sheep’s homemade cheese.
Sardinia is still producing sheep’s milk and cheese. I absolutely love the Sardinian ricotta! Each time I have gone back to Sardinia to visit my family I made sure I ate a lot of ricotta! I am sorry to say but the American Cottage Cheese, is not to be compared with the Sardinian ricotta! This ricotta has a unique special flavor! Oh, how much I miss it! Ricotta and Sardines are typical foods I really enjoyed while in Sardinia.
Who are these shepherds?
The shepherds are very special people. I do admire the shepherds because they stay outside in the summer and the winter to be with their flocks, as much as possible. They suffer the cold and protect their animals. They sleep little during the night because they have to watch their flocks against animals and robbers. They love their sheep and they know them by name. The shepherds are usually very nice people. They are peaceful people, maybe because they live so close to nature. They admire Yahweh’s creation and have great time to meditate on Him. No wander King David wrote so many wonderful psalms!
Many times they have to carry the sheep in their arms because they have gotten hurt while grazing. They minister healing to them. Shepherds are indeed special people that we should honor!
I know one specific Shepherd, and He has been very good to me. When I was born, He helped me to come into this world. I had very difficulty leaving the womb of my mother. She suffered for two long weeks, until one day she felt it was the time for me to be born. She lay down in her bed and this Shepherd turned me in my mother’s womb three times and got me out!
I did not need a midwife of doctor, for this Shepherd is also a Healer and very capable Physician! Later on I fell into the fire, but miraculously I did not get burned on my face. He was there to help me. Another time, when I was about seven years old I was sick for one full month with unknown fever and I was not able to eat. The doctors gave me up to die, but once again, my Shepherd, in response to the prayer of my mother, one special day He healed me. He gave me appetite for garbanzo beans, and after I ate them, I was completely healed!
The evil spirits wanted to chock me to death as a child, but He did not allow it, and saved me. As an adult it happened again, and when I cried out on His Name, and on His Blood, the enemy left me. This Shepherd kept me alive when I should have been dead the day a car hit me on Milwaukee highway in Oregon. The car hit me as I was walking and flew me into the air. I ended flat on the highway! I had little injuries compared to what could have had happen, and I am able to walk and run! He was there to protect me. I am so thankful that I am alive today to be able to testify about His goodness.
He has fed me when I had little to eat, and He has provided jobs when I needed a job. He also has protected me when I could have been killed by unscrupulous people. He has given me places to live so that I have never been homeless on the street. He has comforted me when my husband left me, and then my young adopted son died. He covers me with His Talit, when I cry. He covers me with compassion when I hurt. He leads me, when I do not know for sure which way I should go. He has provided air tickets for me, in order to be able to fly where He needed me to go. He has given me a seat on an airplane when there seemed to be none. He had sent His angel to seat on a seat in the airplane to keep it for me when I returned from Manila! He always provided food, shelter, clothing, support and much love for me as I traveled proclaiming His Word. He had created me, and has kept me since my birth in my mother’s womb. He has led me in the way He wants me to go. He answers the cries of my heart. He has given me a family away from my family in Sardinia, and very good reliable friends that help me when I have a need. He is more than enough.
I cannot write down all the things He has done for me, for it would take many, many pages. His love never fails. He has done more than any man could possibly do for me.
Who is this special Shepherd?
His Name is Yahoshua[i] ha’Mashiach[ii]. He is Hebrew, born to a Hebrew mother, but His father is the Eternal Creator of the universe. He is actually Elohim in the flesh. I simply love Him with all my heart. Would you not love Him if He did all these things for you? Read with me the following psalm.
Tehillim/Psalm 23:1-6 Yahweh is my Shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me, 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of Yahweh forever.
Description of a shepherd
Yochanan/John 10:1 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”
He knows the sheep by name and leads them.
3 To Him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; know his voice.
Yahoshua identifies Himself
7 Most assuredly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
He is known by the Father
15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
He came for all mankind
And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
He indeed gave His life for us. Prophets spoke of His death and resurrection. He died and rose again for you and me.
He is the only Shepherd, and the only Elohim[iii] Today you can be assured that your life is in good Hands when you place your trust in Him.
Yochanan/John 1:29 “Behold! The Lamb of Elohim who takes the sins of the world.”
[i] Joshua in English, but it is translated as Jesus.
[ii] The Anointed One. The Messiah.
[iii] God in English.