"I have a mission I believe in. I want to preserve meaning of the sheep & shepherd analogies in scripture, to make God's word more relatable to those not now living in agrarian society; to educate people what understanding "I am the Good Shepherd" tells us about Jesus' heart, character and personality. But being only one person, if this message is truly to spread, it will depend upon teaching as many others as will listen, so they may in turn, teach the people in their own groups. Essentially, I need to educate "shepherds", that they may be empowered to teach their own "flocks". "
"If people can become more familiar with sheep again in our 21st century world, the significance of those ideas [expressed by sheep analogies in Scripture] ...will not be lost."
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.
Through the years I have had a hard time understanding the three parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son, as a set; have you? I thought of them as independent stories, often taught as though they are unrelated to one another. Distracted by the details of unfamiliar situations, (having never searched for a sheep, or coin, or been so hungry as to want to eat pig slop), I was challenged get a handle on the underlying message Jesus conveyed. It must have been a really important message, since He tried three different ways to get it across! It's as if He was thinking, "Okay, if they can't relate to that first one, maybe they'll get one of these other two!" Now that my life experience with sheep has given me insight to help me understand one of these stories better I find it easier to see the underlying themes of all three. They hold together far better than I imagined!