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  1. AShepherdLooks at Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd”

  2. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 Lesson 3 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures” • Because of sheep’s makeup, they will not lie down unless four requirements are met. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  3. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • They are timid; they will not lie down unless they are free from all fear. • Because of their social behavior within the flock, sheep will not lie down unless they are free from friction with others of their kind. • They will not rest until free from parasites or pests. • They will not rest until free from hunger. We will see how the Shepherd plays the most important role in protecting his sheep. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  4. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • Let’s consider sheep’s behavior as we review the four-mentioned things that hinder sheep from lying down. • Anything can startle sheep if they are not expecting it; a dog, cat, wolf, coyote; even a jack rabbit. Sheep feel more secure when they see their shepherd. They also recognize the shepherd’s voice when he calls them. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  5. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • Friction between one another will cause unrest; they become hungry, restless, ill and subject to diseases and physical disorders. Imagine Mrs. Gad About who is ‘boss’ of the flock. She objects and resists other ewes who eat or drink where she wants to eat or drink. She butts with her head to ‘encourage others to get out of the way.’ Tension and rivalry and cruel competition within the flock cause further unrest within the flock. (Consider Ezekiel 34:15-16 and 20-22. Well does Scripture describe human nature as that of sheep)! Again, the presence of the shepherd quiets the sheep that have been agitated. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  6. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • Parasites and pests cause sheep to be sickly, even death. “Sheep, especially in the summer, can be driven to absolute distraction by nasal flies, bot flies, warble flies and ticks. When tormented by these pests, it is literally impossible for them to lie down and rest.” Only the watchful eye and care can encourage sheep to get needed rest to be healthy. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  7. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • Lack of food will cause sheep to be restless, ill, or die of starvation. The shepherd prepares the pasture before he takes his sheep out to feed. This involves clearing rocks, adding nutrients to the soil, cleaning debris. Then there is the ongoing protection from wild animals that can kill one hundred or more sheep in a single night. The Good Shepherd is the one who looks out for his sheep. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  8. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • The Lord spoke concerning bad shepherds and the fact that He will be the good Shepherd of the flock. • A message to bad shepherds is found in Ezekiel 34:1-10. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  9. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • Ezekiel 34:1-10 “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  10. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • Ezekiel 34:1-10 (continued) “My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  11. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • The Lord spoke concerning bad shepherds and the fact that He will be the good Shepherd of the flock. • A message to bad shepherds is found in Ezekiel 34:1-10. • Listen to the Good Shepherd in John 10:7-18. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  12. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • John 10:7-18 “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. "The Lord is my shepherd”

  13. AShepherd Looks at Psalm 23 • John 10:7-18 (Continued) “The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. "The Lord is my shepherd”