Sheep Who Overcome

 
 

Micah 2:12

 

(12)  "I will assemble all of you, Ya`akov;

 

·        I will gather the remnant of Isra'el,

 

·         I will put them together like sheep in a pen,

 

·        like a herd in its pasture -- it will hum with the sounds of people."

 

 

The first point that needs to be said is, the Father is gathering His people! All over the world there is a remnant of people who are willing to lay down their own lives, ideas and agendas in order to receive the plan that the Father has for them. What we are beginning to see is that we are all part of the family (Kingdom) of Yahweh. As such, we are gathering together in a perpetual “family reunion.”

 

Isn’t it exciting that we are to be gathering people into the family of Yahweh! In order to be gathering, we must be equipped to gather with the proper “tools.”   How much easier is a job when you have the right tools for the job?

 

One of those tools is the ear to hear. There are a lot of voices whirling around you. Which one will you listen to? There are many well intending people who are very eager to give you advice. When you have many voices in your life, which do you hearken to? With all the voices around you, you must be able to discern and distinguish which voice is the voice you need to hear.

 

 

1 Corinthians 14:7-8

 

(7)  Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they didn't give a distinction in the sounds, how would it be known what is piped or harped?

 

(8)  For if the shofar gave an uncertain sound, who would prepare himself for war?

 

 

Something we all need to realize is we are sheep. As sheep, we are gathered up and put in a sheep pen. When you get a lot of sheep together it gets loud. Micah 2:12 says that it will hum from the sound. The KJV says they shall make great noise by reason of [the multitude of] men. It is obvious to say that when you have this many sheep together it is highly unlikely that they are all doing things in unison.

 

When you get a large group of people together, what is the likelihood of all of them agreeing on the same thing? What about desiring to move in the same direction? There are always a multitude of opinions on what you should do.

 

The testimony of the sheep is that they listen to the shepherd. Yeshua said that His sheep, will listen to Him.

 

 

 

John 10:1-4

 

(1)  "Yes, indeed! I tell you, the person who doesn't enter the sheep-pen through the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.

 

(2)  But the one who goes in through the gate is the sheep's own shepherd.

 

(3)  This is the one the gate-keeper admits, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep, each one by name, and leads them out.

 

(4)  After taking out all that are his own, he goes on ahead of them;

 

-- and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

 

 

The sheep pen is for training and protection. It is safe within the pen. Even though it often gets loud in life, we need to be able to hear the voice of our Master, Yeshua. There will be times when a wolf, some other predator, or even a different shepherd will try to come into the pen. Our Father is faithful and He will protect His sheep and speak to them.

 

          There are times when we tend to wander off, just like sheep do. In these times our Shepherd will come and get our attention and show us the way back to the pen or pasture.

 

 

1 Peter 2:25

 

  For you used to be like sheep gone astray, but now you have turned to the Shepherd, who watches over you.

 

 

It is important for us to have a shepherd. We happen to have the best there is! His name is Yeshua! The desire of the Father was for His Son to come and gather His sheep.

 

          At this time, Israel had many rabbis and teachers but no shepherd.

 

 

Numbers 27:15-17

 

(15)  Moshe said to Adonai,

 

(16)  "Let Adonai, God of the spirits of all human beings, appoint a man to be over the community,

 

(17)  to go out and come in ahead of them, to lead them out and bring them in, so that Adonai's community will not be like sheep without a shepherd."

 

 

When Moses was informed that he would die in the wilderness and that he would not be leading Israel into the land, he asked for a shepherd to replace him. It was important to him that Israel continue to have someone to lead them. When Yeshua looked at the crowds of people he saw sheep with no shepherd. He then began to teach them what the shepherds should have been teaching.

 

 

 

Mark 6:34

 

  When Yeshua came ashore, he saw a huge crowd. Filled with compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, he began teaching them many things.

 

 

          The truth is, we don’t really want a shepherd. We want to do our own thing and want the Father to bless it. What we need to understand is our great shepherd wants to bless us. Can we really expect blessing when we don’t listen. Yeshua said that His sheep hear His voice. If we really are hearing His voice, then we will be following Him. In order to truly follow, we need to understand who we are. We have been brought into a place of covenant with the Most High. When we turn from our old selfish desires and realize that we do not belong to ourselves but to Yahweh, we understand that yes we are sons and joint-heirs, but we are also sheep.

 

 

Ezekiel 20:30-38

 

(30)  Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations?

 

(31)  For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.

 

(32)  And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.

 

(33)  [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:

 

(34)  And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.

 

(35)  And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.

 

(36)  Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.

 

(37)  And I will cause you to pass under the rod,

 

·        and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:

 

(38)  And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.

 

 

          The prophet Ezekiel sounds very reminiscent of Leviticus 27.

 

 

Leviticus 27:32-34

 

(32)  " 'All the tenth from the herd or the flock, whatever passes under the shepherd's crook, the tenth one will be holy to Adonai.

 

(33)  The owner is not to inquire whether the animal is good or bad, and he cannot exchange it; if he does exchange it, both it and the one he substituted for it will be holy; it cannot be redeemed.' "

 

(34)  These are the mitzvot which Adonai gave to Moshe for the people of Isra'el on Mount Sinai.

 

 

You are the ones whom the Father has called out as holy! HIS SHEEP! HIS SONS! HIS PRIESTS! According to the passage in Leviticus 27 you cannot choose which sheep belong to Yahweh! He will choose His sheep. What we can do is be a good sheep and follow.

 

          Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to be passive. There is a place and time to go forth out of the pen. There has to come a time when we see what needs to be done, and we help work toward the goal to achieve it. By following the call of the Father to be one with Him as well as being one with each other, we will look out for our brother’s best interests.

 

          We must be people of action! Look again at Micah 2:12 and move on to verse 13.

 

 

Micah 2:12

 

(12)  "I will assemble all of you, Ya`akov;

 

·        I will gather the remnant of Isra'el,

 

·         I will put them together like sheep in a pen,

 

·        like a herd in its pasture -- it will hum with the sounds of people."

 

Micah 2:13

 

(13)  The one breaking through went up before them;

 

·        they broke through,

 

·        passed the gate and went out.

 

·        Their king passed on before them;

 

·        Adonai was leading them.

 

 

The one who broke through was not Yahweh and the breaking through was not a bad thing. After the one broke through, the sheep followed the King! After they broke out it was declared that Yahweh was leading them!

 

          The one breaking through is for YOU! Did Yahweh break through? In a manner of speaking, yes but He uses men who are yielded to Him to do it! If you are following the King and He tells you that you can break out of your situations and circumstances do you believe Him? Do you believe that no matter what you face you have the authority and the power to overcome them?

 

          There are many things yet to face in this life. In order to overcome you must hold on to the Father and His word with all you’ve got.

 

 

Revelation 12:9-11

 

·        (9)  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

·        (10)  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

·        (11)  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

 

Revelation 12:17

 

(17)  The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children,

 

·        those who obey God's commands

 

·        and bear witness to Yeshua.

 

 

Know this, the battle is not over. However, you have the means to break out and overcome! Know the voice of your Shepherd and follow after Him with all you’ve got! YOU CAN DO IT!

 

Until next time,

 

Blessings and Shalom

 

David