The Protective Attitude of the Shepherd toward the Sheep.

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When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he spoke to the Lord and said: Behold, I alone I am the one who has sinned and done wrong. But these sheep people of Israel, what have they done to deserve this? Please let your hand be only against me and my father ‘s house or family – 2 Samuel 24: 17. ”

David confessed: ” I have done perversely, or crookedly. ” David acknowledges that his conduct had not been upright and straightforward, but he had turned aside into the paths of self-will and personal aggrandizement.

David however suggested to God: ” These sheep, what have they done? ” The sin had been quite as much that of the people as if the King; for the war lust had entered into the very heart of the nation. But David, with that warmth of feeling which makes his character so noble, can see only his own fault. It is not a time repentance when the sinner looks for excuses, and apportions the blame between himself and others.

To David the people seemed innocent, or, if at all to blame, he felt that it was he who had set then the example and led them on. Perhaps, the Old Testament sacrifices are shown to be but ” shadow ” of the real sacrifice of Christ on the cross by the fact of Aaron’s sinfulness, an imperfect high priest ( or King ) cannot offer a true sacrifice, to pay for the offense to God of human sin, or substitute for the shedding of human blood. However, Jesus Christ revealed to us as a ” true good shepherd ” the responsibilities of a good shepherd or leader in common sense.

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The Bible said in the book of John 21: 15 -17 ” Simon, son of John, do you truly love me more than these?...FEED MY LAMBS;…TAKE CARE OF MY SHEEP;…FEED MY SHEEP. ” There are many responsibilities deriving from Jesus’ three commands: Feeding, watering, grooming, shearing, delivering, leading, wandering sheep, but most importantly protection.

The protection of the sheep echoes well with the revelation in the Boo k  of John 10: 1 -13 ” The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and run away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. ” David understood this, but it was late, he had committed previous sins, and couldn’t have had the ” prerequisite of  Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the World “. Only Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit for that great commission: The salvation of mankind as a sinner:

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” For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life – John 3: 16. “

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