"When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. " John 10:4 (NASB)
My admittedly limited understanding, is that in the Biblical setting, they practiced "open grazing", which is best for small livestock, because instead of fencing them in and working to try to keep the ground continually producing what they need, you move them around to where what they need is growing, leaving the grazed ground to [...]
If you attended the Hearing the Shepherd's Heart luncheon, click the link below here to download a one page summary of thoughts that go along with Linda Boswell's beautiful painting we gave you a print of, and the little clay sheep I made. Is 40 11 Who Is Your Lamb
"When it rains on the sheep, the shepherds get wet."
Shepherd is not only aware of the mother's concern for her babies, ...He is also sensitive to it and willingly takes action to help her with her concerns.
Why would a shepherd need to "gather lambs"? What is it like to gather a new lamb? Did you ever consider that when Jesus, your Shepherd, gets the chance to take care of you in your need, in your place of vulnerability, it may actually make Him feel good?? Carrying you thru your difficulties is not a chore to Him, it is gratifying, because He loves you! He likes to hold you close.
It has brought me joy to learn God as my "shepherd" means more than just "God is my Leader". Here are a few of the implications I read in, "He tends His flock like a shepherd:"