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Are God's Sheep To Be Eaten

Can someone help me feel more at peace with Psalm 23? Picturing the Lord as my Shepherd is comforting, and then I remember sheep were raised and protected to be eaten. When I think that, it is unsettling. Is the answer simply that all parables have a point where our analyzing should stop?

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 ---Geraldine on 9/26/06
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How in the world could you be unsettled by one of the most comforting scriptures in the entire bible??? I read and learned this as a child, from the family bible, kneeling in a chair, to read it, I loved it then, and I love it now.It brings me great peace, and I recite it from time to time, because I love it so. God please help her to find the truth of your word.Amen
---Gayla on 6/27/07

Geraldine, good observation. Illustrative stories do have their limits when it comes to reality, but as A_Servant deciphered, stories Jesus told are often pregnant with meaning, though not left to private interpretation. Some lessons:
>When the Lord is our shepherd, we'll not want
>Jesus went through that valley of death for us
>We, like Jesus, Paul and others can endure anything trusting in our good Shepherd
>...any other inspiration on this?
---Geoff on 6/27/07

The most unsettling Biblical passages about God's own sheep being eaten come from the passages about how the Church leaders are not shepherds at all, but primarily are devouring their own sheep for their own physical gain, assisted by the IRS and their hand-chosen deacons of course. Do not give to those who are not there in person to talk to you when you have a problem.
---harold on 6/27/07

I wish that we could all be vegetarians, as I believe it was in the Beginning. However, wild vegetables and fruit trees are not very plentiful where I live, and the cost of enough fruits and vegetables to yield the protein of meat is prohibitively expensive. Just stay out of the slaughter houses and you r conscience should not bother you.
---harold on 6/27/07

God's thoughts are miles above our's. We humans could never comprehend His thoughts. God truly wants to have a close relationship with His creation. All throughout the Bible, He gives analogies of His relationship with us - being a shepard, a hen, etc. The anologies tell us that He protects us from the time we are born until we die. What happens after we die is of no consequences (while living on earth because when we live, we are for God or against Him. When we die, we can't change our minds).
---Steveng on 6/26/07

It is very wise for you to see this. I believe God has revealed it to you.

Yes, unlike other animals, sheep will not resist being killed -- neither did Jesus, Stephen, Paul, Peter or the other disciples.

Paul speaks..
2 Tim 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

See Mt 10:39, 16:25; Mk 8:35; Lk 9:24, 17:23; Jn 12:25

Prov 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom
---a_servant on 6/26/07

Scriptures promoting the notion of being sacrificed:

Heb 4:12 ..twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow..

Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

We sheep are owned by God, bought by Jesus - Acts 20:28; 1 Cor 6:19-20, 7:23.

God knows many will be killed - Rev 6:11, 20:4.
---a_servant on 6/26/07

Well, you are wrong except the first part. And furthermore, I believe you have some kind of a problem. From God being His Shepherd [speaking of David], He infers that he shall not want anything that is good for him, David was a shephard, so he can boldly say, "I shall not want". The happiness of the Saints is well laid, and well placed. The wicked man, relishes what pleases the senses. Continue.
---catherine on 6/26/07

Cont. Psa. 23>>But a godly man tastes the goodness of God in all his enjoyments, though he has little of the world, it is a green pasture. God makes His saints to lie down; He gives them quite and contentment in their own minds,Whatever their lot is; Their soul dwells at ease in him, and that makes every pasture green. Those that feeds on God's goodness must follow His direction. Now, these paths we cannot walk unless God leads us into them. Thou art with me. Cont.
---catherine on 6/26/07

Cont. Psa. 23>>If these paths we cannot walk unless God both lead us into them and lead us in them. Thou art with me. His word and Spirit shall comfort them. "Goodness and mercy having followed me all the days of my life on this earth, when that is ended I shall remove to a better world, to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. In our Father's house above where there are many mansions. >>Note. Psa 23 awsome scriptures to really get into. Thank you Jesus and Thank you Christianet.++
---catherine on 6/26/07

Sheep will live and sheep will die, but the shepherd cared for each of them individually.
Looking further at the parable in your mind each one has a purpose. The more perfect ones will be sacrifices to God. Some will be traded, and others yet fattened and consumed, and maybe some still will be kept as pets.
We are not mere sheep to God, Jesus said we are his friends.
---Pharisee on 6/25/07

Jana. Why would you attack sheep Geraldine with such a wolflike attitude?
---john on 10/1/06

Geraldine, I rather liked this blog. It gave me a different idea about the way people think. My first thought was that sheep are nourshing to the body. LOL... Then once digested... we have to eliminate and it can be called manure... good fertilizer. But Jesus did become the LAMB and we "eat" of his body and "drink" of his blood... i think that sheep are used to foreshadow and provide a rather good example of our roles... and the role of Jesus.
---Amy9384 on 9/28/06

No, jena, I am not a mocker. I am a believer who wants to be prepared to answer mockers. Elder, thank you. My mind was lumping Jesus with all other shepherds. If I consider who the Owner-Shepherd is, there is light unlimited!
---Geraldine on 9/27/06

sounds like your one of those mockers of our faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Perhaps, you'd better watch it, you could be fleeced yourself and roast in '[kl'k'lk;//with the archenemy at the last day .
---jana on 9/27/06

Something else to remember. When we are compared to sheep, it's not a compliment. Sheep are noisy, smelly, and stupid. If one were to fall over on its back, it can't right itself.
---Jack on 9/27/06

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The focus point is already revealed in the first verse. The Lord is my Shepherd.
Focus on the Lord and it will not be hard to understand the rest.
Sheep were raised and protected to be used by the owner. Worry about being used by your owner and the other worries will pass away.
---Elder on 9/26/06

Don't forget--to be fleeced, milked, sacrificed, and slaughtered, too.
---Jack on 9/26/06

Jesus is the good shepherd. He will never eat, leave or forsake you. He will never fleece you and take all of your social security check. Jesus is the good shepherd. He became the atonement for all of our sins... for all mankind.
---Raine on 9/26/06

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