The Good Shepherd

Roman citizens had the absolute assurance of safe travel to any part of the known world. All a Roman had to say when traveling was, “civis romanus sum,” and free passage was guaranteed.

The ability for people to go anywhere has been prized for centuries. In Israel, the leader was the man honored with the responsibility of leading the people out and bringing them in (Numbers 27:17).

A shepherd was charged with the responsibility of leading sheep safely to food and water. He made certain the flock could “go in and out” without fail. Continue reading “The Good Shepherd”

The Prince of Peace is the door

Texas is a state of wire fences. If one wants to learn how to construct a barbed-wire fence, Texas is the place to go. In Texas, they call the fence wire, “bobwar.” There are different fences to keep different kinds of animals. There are fences for horses and cattle, which (I’m told) is the easiest to build, and there are specific fences for sheep, goats and hogs.

Palestine was not a country of fences. Shepherds kept flocks usually in a walled enclosure at night. The enclosure didn’t have a door. So, the shepherd laid down across the opening, forcing wolves to attack him to get to the sheep. Continue reading “The Prince of Peace is the door”