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    We were sitting on a hill, watching a shepherd tend his flock.

    “The shepherd is their provider,” said the teacher, “their leader and their protection from predators.  But what if the shepherd was struck down?  Or what if the sheep departed from the shepherd?  What would happen?”

    “The flock would be scattered.  They would wander the wilderness with no protection.  They would be attacked, devoured.”

    “What people’s history, more than any other, is the manifestation of that phenomenon, that very picture-a flock that was once together, then scattered throughout the world as sheep without their shepherd, wandering the earth with no one to protect them, attacked by their predators, wounded, an ravaged?  What people more than any other hav dwelt on this planet as a shepherdless flock?”

    “The children of Israel…the Jewish people…more than any other.”

    “And do you know which people of all peoples are called in Scripture the flock of God?  The Jewish people.  And yet for two thousand years they’ve borne all the signs of a scattered flock, separated from its shepherd.  So if they are the shepherdless, then who is the missing shepherd of whom their wanderings and shepherdlessness bear witness?”

    “The Messiah, the protector of Israel, Yeshua…Jesus.”

    “And who is it that said to them, ‘I am the Good Shepherd’?  And who is it that happens to be the same One who was struck down in their midst, and from whom they have been separated?  And how long have they been separated from Him?  Two thousand years.  And how long has it been that they’ve wandered the earth and borne the signs of shepherdlessness?  The same two thousand years.  And so it is written in the Hebrew Prophets:  ‘Strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.’  It is because He is the true Shepherd, their protection, their defense, their provider, and their keeper, the Messiah.  An so it is for all of us if we live without Him we end up wandering this life, lost, unprotected, and without hope, and bear the signs of shepherdlessness.  but it is foretold that in the end the people of Israel will return to their Shepherd, and He will bind up their brokenness, heal their wounds, and keep them as a shepherd keeps his flock.  And so it will be for each of us, for each wandering sheep that returns.  It will be gathered in the Shepherd’s arms.”

    The Mission:  Cease from all straying.  Draw near to your Shepherd.  Be fed from His hands.  Rest in the protection and the tender love of His arms.

    Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:5-16; Zechariah 13:7; John 10:11-16

    Cahn, Jonathan. “Shepherdlessness.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 78. Print.
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    "Baruch haba ba'Shem Adonai !"
    "Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD !"

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