The Lone Wolf

There are many analogies, parables and referrals to sheep within the bible and Jesus’s teaching calls us to be ‘as sheep’.
Matthew Chapter 10 Verse 16 ESV
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
The singular and plural word for ‘sheep’ is ‘sheep’. Sheep are a flock or herd animal and were not designed to thrive alone.
As sheep, the Christian brethren flock together under the leadership of our shepherd, The Lamb of God himself.
Goats are different, also a herd animal but with a strong spirit of independence. They can be lead with a well-trained guide, the right stick or reward but for those of us without livestock experience, think of trying to drive a collection of cats in a chosen direction!
Sheep like to be near to one another but when bad weather is approaching, they can sense this and will band tightly together, sharing communal warmth.
So, to be ‘as sheep’ we need to be able to be part of a herd, follow a leader, discern the ‘weather’ around us and pull closer still in times of trouble!
Sheep and goats can live well together but there are nevertheless keen differences.
If you spot a sheep that looks like a sheep and smells like a sheep but cannot be herded, operate as part of the flock or join in when danger threatens, then, you are probably looking at a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

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