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The Instincts of the Sheep (3 of 6)
Series: Sheepology 101
Ephesians 2: 1-13
I. Instinct To Follow
A. The Lord - The Shepherd
B. The Leader - The Sheep
C. The Love - The Sign
II. Instinct Toward The Flock....
III. Instinct About Fear
A. The Senses
B. The Steps
1. For Flight
2. For Sight
3. For Slyness
Intro: Sheep, just like all the rest of God's creation, are endowed with certain instincts, many of which are attributed only to their particular species. As we study the instincts of a physical sheep, we will be able to correlate the similarities between physical and spiritual sheep. Because God's Word refers to us as a sheep, we are impelled to study the sheep, in order to understand how we are supposed to live as God's sheep. To further understand the characteristics of sheep, we see:
I. INSTINCT TO FOLLOW
A) The Lord - The Shepherd (vs 13 "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were afar off are made nigh by the blood of Christ:
At the birth of a lamb, it is the shepherd who first touches, cleans and cares.When the lamb grows into an adult sheep, it's natural and nutritional instinct is to follow the shepherd. The sheep place their total trust in the shepherd, for they know that he always has their best interest at heart. We spiritual sheep should be no less dependent upon our Lord - the Shepherd. It is a documented fact that sheep are the happiest when they are tended by a loving shepherd. Our Lord - The Shepherd has already given His life for the sheep, and now we belong to Him. The nature of a new born spiritual sheep is to trust and follow the Shepherd.
B) The Leader - The Sheep
From the moment of birth, lambs are conditioned to follow the older sheep. This is not an instinct that they acquire, but it is an instinct that is "wired" into their total makeup. If one sheep decides to ...
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