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  • Silent Before the Shearers

    Posted on November 17th, 2010 Bob No comments

    In today’s audio devotions, †19 Silent Before the Shearers , we learned that the difference between a sheep and a goat is that when a sheep is in the shepherdís hands being sheared, it relaxes, whereas a goat ìresists everything, all the time, and in every way.î Larry ends his devotions by asking a question, ìAre you a sheep or a goat? Do you relax in the shepherdís gentle hands and trust him, or, do you struggle against him?î

    The Ethiopian eunuch had a difficult time understanding the verse, ìHe was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.î (Is 53:7) Why didn’t Jesus defend Himself before His accusers? Why didn’t He help them understand that He was innocent and that they were breaking their own law? Why didn’t Jesus help them understand that He was really† the Son of God?

    Read Mt 26:63, Mt 27:12-14 and see if they give any additional insight into this question.

    Have you ever been falsely accused by someone for doing something you never did, or for saying something you never said? What is your natural response when you have been falsely accused?

    What is God’s perspective when you are accused falsely?† ìBlessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.î (Mt 5:11) Why does God say being falsely accused is a positive thing?

    Can you think of anyone else in the Bible was falsely accused? Hint: look up these verses. Ps 69:4, Ps 109:3, Ps 119:78, Ps 119:161. What did David do when he was falsely accused?

    Why does God seem to allow bad things to happen to good people? Are you able to be like a sheep and relax in the Shepherd’s hands when this happens, or do you resist his shearing? Do you have this peace that passes understanding?

    Ponder this theme: being silent before the shearers. Are you totally surrendered to God’s sovereign control in your life? Which statement do you say. “Thy will be done” or† “My will be done”? Your answer will reveal whether you are a sheep or a goat.

    We’ll compare our discoveries tomorrow. Have a restful and adventurous day.

    - Bob

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