A TIME OF TRANSITION
- completely dependent on the Shepherd
- responsive to love and care
- are easily panicked
- are gullible
- are vulnerable to fear and therefore stampede easily
- are vulnerable to mob psychology, so they are easily influenced by a leader – whoever that leader might be
- have only one defense – to run
- are easy prey to enemies
- are easily flipped over and cannot right themselves without the Shepherd
- need a lot of care
- are not concerned about the Shepherd's needs – only their own.
- are not concerned about pleasing the Shepherd, but rather are focused on pleasing themselves.
- In Moses’ Tabernacle sheep could go no further than the Brazen Altar. They could not approach the Brazen Laver, not to mention the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies.
- Sheep were unable to be intimate with the Shepherd since they are a different species from Him.
- Grows in intimacy with her Husband and seeks to please Him
- As a result of this intimacy, knows not just His acts but understands His ways
- Partners with Him
- Is in covenant with Him
- Represents Him in His absence. (People will judge Him by how she looks, speaks and acts.)
- Carries His Name
- Bears and raises His 'children' – His fruit
- Submits to His leadership
- He is her covering, therefore she knows that He takes care of all of her needs - just as He does with His sheep. This frees her to focus on their relationship, and on taking care of His business.
Today you and I must first ensure that we change our mindset from being simply a dependent, self-absorbed sheep. We must embrace our life as the Bride of Christ preparing for her Beloved Bridegroom! Then we can move on to our “mikvah” – the Brazen Laver experience.
To be continued…