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What does God look like?

Sheep are mentioned in the Bible more than 500 times, more than any other animal. The prominence of sheep in the Bible grows out of two realities. Sheep were important to the nomads and agricultural life of the Hebrews and similar peoples. Sheep were raised for wool or hair, milk and its products (yogurt, butter, cheeses), meat, skins, bones and horns, and dung. Secondly, sheep are used throughout the Bible to symbolically refer to God's people. Due to their strong flocking instinct and failure to act independently of one another, sheep have been universally branded "stupid." Awassi Sheep

grazing. who is not a shepherd and does not own the sheep. 11 “I am the good shepherd. . 12 When the hired man. so the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. Instead they were totally dependent on shepherds for protection. sheep would not survive long without a shepherd. he leaves the sheep and runs away. sees a wolf coming. however. I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. In fact. shelter and tending to injuries. 14 “I am the good shepherd. differed from most modern practices: “Sheep were not fenced in and left to fend for themselves. watering. who is willing to die for the sheep.Conditions of shepherding in ancient Israel.

but is an instrument of the Holy Spirit. No medical exams.9 I am the gate. they will come in and go out and find pasture. What did the sheep do to be allowed in the flock? They did not have to apply for a carte de sejour or visa. becomes a Word of God. no tests. But. by virtue of the "inner witness of the Holy Spirit. for Calvin. is that the biblical Word means nothing without the Spirit to make it come alive and seal it in the heart of the believer. for me personally and in a way that is immediately pertinent to my life. and they follow me." . The main point. The written Word is never to be considered independently from the agency of the Holy Spirit. I know them. which gives life to it. 27 My sheep listen to my voice.. Had to understand they are sheep. they had to know where the shepherd was. The biblical author does not speak by and from himself. Those who come in by me will be saved. So this text.000 years old and can be studied historically. and stay in relationship to him. close to him. The joint importance of the external aspect of the biblical text as well as its internal spiritual aspect: the same Spirit that inspired the authors of the Bible must inspire those who read it. which is now over 2. etc.