AN AMAZING FACT: Researchers at the University of Cambridge discovered that sheep are much smarter than previously thought. In one study, the woolies passed an intelligence test that most monkeys flunk. During the test, sheep learned to recognize patterns in colors and to change their behavior when the patterns changed. They also learned to respond to shapes of objects instead of the color, something most large animals find very difficult.
In spite of their apparent intelligence, however, sheep seem to have a knack for getting themselves into trouble. They tend to follow the leader, even if that leader goes the wrong way. They sometimes wander, or flee in fright, and become separated from the flock. Lacking agility, they easily become trapped. Without much to defend themselves, they’re an easy target for predators.
We’re more like sheep than we want to admit. In spite of our apparent intelligence, we seem to have the same knack. We tend to follow the crowd. We wander off the right path. We frighten easily. We trap ourselves by our own foolish choices. We have no defense, in ourselves, against the enemy.
Thankfully, when we get ourselves into trouble, Jesus comes searching for us. If we let Him, He will carry us back and set us on the right path. “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost” (Matthew 18:11).
Aren’t you glad we have a Good Shepherd who watches out for us continuously?
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:12-14