Friday, February 10, 2012

Genesis 46 & 47: What's So Bad About a Shepherd?

Genesis 46:33 & 34
“When Pharaoh calls you and says, What is your occupation?
You shall say, Your servants’ occupation has been as keepers of livestock from our youth until now, both we and our fathers before us–in order that you may live in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.”

Egypt symbolizes bondage, oppression, and slavery, a picture of what the evil one does to people. A shepherd is one who tends, cares for, and protects a flock of animals, allowing them to roam freely through the grazing fields within the boundaries set by him. 

Jesus is the Great Shepherd!

Doesn’t it make sense then that the Egyptians, symbolizing the bond masters of God's people, would despise shepherds, symbolizing those who tend and protect God's people?

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