SHEPHERD – a person who protects, guides, or watches over a person or group of people
During biblical times, families relied upon sheep to provide food, wool, and sheepskin. Because sheep were so valuable, shepherds would stay with the flock to protect them day and night.
Frequently, the youngest boy in the family served as a shepherd until he grew older and could do harder manual labor.
David was a shepherd for his family, and he often used references to shepherding in the book of Psalms. One of the most well-known psalms, Psalm 23, describes the Lord as the Great Shepherd.
Scripture: Luke 12:32
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”
“A sinner needs a Saviour. Just like a lost sheep needs a shepherd.”
— Lailah Gifty Akita
Pilgrim Benham of Calvary Church shares 8 reasons why we need shepherds. Check out his article for valuable insights on this topic.