Does that mean that one person tripping and falling is evidence that all humans are clumsy?
Here are some ‘sheepish’ facts:
- Sheep tend to stay close with other sheep. If they get separated they become quite agitated and uncomfortable. They know that when they are together as a flock they are more protected from predators.
- Sheep recognize sheep faces -- and human faces to some extent. They recognized sounds and can even recognize the voice of the shepherd who tends to the flock they are part of.
- Sheep know how to choose the kind of food that will give them the best nourishment based on the season and their dietary needs.
- Sheep are simply pretty intelligent mammals.
Maybe it's all too simple in this one. In this week’s Bible reading from John 10:11-18, the words of Jesus say, "I am the good shepherd." A shepherd that cares deeply for the flock and does not desert them when there is trouble. The good shepherd has a connection with the sheep that someone who doesn't care about the sheep can never have.
So in a very simple way of looking at things, we're the sheep -- intelligent and in need of a shepherd -- and Jesus is the good shepherd.