Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
"It is not a desirable thing with my Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish." (Matthew 18:14)
Earnest effort is required to rescue lost sheep of God's pasturage. (Psalm 100:3) Jesus illustrated this when he said: "If a certain man comes to have a hundred sheep and one of them gets strayed, will he not leave the ninety-nine upon the mountains and set out on a search for the one that is straying?" (Matthew 18:12) If Christian elders are to help sheep who have strayed, they must bear in mind that the flock of God is a congregation of people dedicated to Jehovah—yes, a precious 'flock of God's pasturage.' (Psalm 79:13) Such dear sheep need tender care, and this means that loving shepherds must take a personal interest in them. Making friendly shepherding calls on them can be very effective. Loving encouragement that a shepherd gives them may build them up spiritually and increase their desire to return to the flock.—1 Corinthians 8:1.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 1:3, 4)
I was just thinking about how even Moses needed to be trained on how to deal gently with the people before Jehovah would allow him to shepherd His 'flock'. Because even though people (in general) tend to like strong leaders who 'take charge', when Moses attempted to do that -the first time he tried to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, his approach was too harsh and forceful...even in the eyes of the Israelite men.
Moses had good intentions toward God's people, but you can see how growing up in an environment of Egyptian nobility, (where everything was handled with force) must have rubbed off on his personality, and those qualities were not what Jehovah wanted, nor what the people needed. It took 40 yrs of training -as a literal shepherd in Midian, before Moses was ready to take on that responsibility. (And you can totally see why he needed to learn to be extremely patient and mild, since he had to deal with the Israelites for so long!) lol.