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A Story of Wayward Sheep

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Moses had made clear that the slopes of Sinai could only be ascended with righteousness and not with the sword.

Even though few of us have ever worked with sheep, the line "sheep without a shepherd" resonates for all of us. A scene flashes before our mind's eye of kids on a playground with no adults: it's Lord of the Flies. So it was this imagined scene that frosted Moses' mind when God told him he could not enter the Promised Land with Israel. Atop Mt. Abarim, the Promised Land panorama gracing Moses' eyes, the Lord informs Moses that he would not lead the people into the honeyed hills of Canaan, but that he would die in the desert as had Aaron. Moses does not protest his fate, but he does implore the Lord, "May the congregation of the Lord not be as sheep that have no shepherd" (Num. 27:17). Moses knew that without a leader, without a shepherd, Israel would quickly be starring in their own Lord of the Flies reality show.

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Zach Keele is pastor of Escondido Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Escondido, California.

Issue: "Wired & Tired" May/June 2013 Vol. 22 No. 3 Page number(s): 16-19

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