by Jeff Strite

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Baa, Baa Black Sheep (5 of 5)
Series: Animal Parade
Jeff Strite
Luke 15:1-7

Open: (This is a video of a 3 yr old girl ''reading'' the story of the lost sheep.
Begin at 31 sec mark. Quit at 3 minutes)

In keeping with this idea of children's stories, I want to share with you a children's song about sheep. Sing along is you know the song:

''Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, 3 bags full.
One for the master, one for the dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, 3 bags full.''

ILLUS: Years ago black sheep were not the kind of sheep you wanted in your flock. Black wool was considered commercially worthless because it could not be dyed. Even today, black wool is so difficult to sell commercially, that many merchants require that there not even be a strand of black in their wool.
In the day of Jesus, a sheep that was black was a liability to the shepherd, and their owners would often remove them from the flock so that they wouldn't taint the purity of the flock by interbreeding with the white sheep.

Black sheep were undesirables.
Because of that, people tend to use the term black sheep to describe someone who is ''undesirable''. Someone they don't want ''in their flock.''
For example: You'll hear the term ''He was the black sheep of the family''
It means he was not a nice person.
Nobody wants him around.
No one even wants to have him in the family tree.

This tendency to ostracize people that are undesirable is so prevalent, psychologists even have a term for this behavior: it's called ''the black sheep effect''

APPLY: In our text today, we have Jesus dealing with ''the black sheep effect''.
Luke 15 tells us:
''The Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, 'This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them.'''

They were upset because Jesus has been spending his time with the ''black ...

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