But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were distressed and scattered, as sheep not having a shepherd. Matthew 9:36
Do the people nowadays appear to be desperate for something, anything to better their lives? This questions can be answered by almost anyone, it is not hard to see how people are open and ready to try out anything, there is that inner desire in all of us to be better, physically, mentally and even spiritually. If people will see someone on the street preaching they will listen, you will find crowds of people listening to a total stranger. When they find a con man who can double their money miraculously there also many will be found cheated and disappointed. Clearly people are desperate and vulnerable. They seem to operate without sound guidance or without sound principles to govern their lives; like sheep without shepherd they are exposed to the dangers they have no defense against looming dangers.
Our God is a caring God and thus is deeply concerned about his people living wildly without direction, in Numbers 27:17 He says, “Who will go out before them and come back in before them, and who will bring them out and bring them in, so that the Lord’s community won’t be like sheep without a shepherd.” When Saul was appointed first king of Israel God instruction to him was to shepherd His people Israel and be ruler over them. In the days of Jeremiah the prophet God was not happy with the people who were put as shepherds over the people because they misled the people and took them to the wrong path contrary to gods will. So God said in Jeremiah 23:4 “I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them. They will no longer be afraid or dismayed, nor will any be missing.” This is the Lord’s declaration.”
The Lord is our shepherd, David in recognizing this through experience he wrote the 23rd Psalms. And God calls Himself a good shepherd in John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep; and In John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me.” The texts reveals the loving nature of God, as one who is ready to lay down his life for us and knows all of us well. He will go out to seek the lost and bring them into the fold because each one is special to God and all are important before him.
As sheep, we have been scattered by Satan so that away from the shepherd he can have opportunity to destroy us; the opportunity he cannot have while we are near the good shepherd. “The Bible reveals Christ to us as the Good Shepherd, seeking with unwearied feet for the lost sheep. By methods peculiarly His own He helped all who were in need of help. With tender, courteous grace He ministered to sin-sick souls, bringing healing and strength.” – Ellen White, CT p. 261 Jesus looks at us fallen beings with compassion, and feels sad when we become desperate and lost in things which do not matter while he is biding us to follow him and with him there is nothing we need he will not provide but most of all he has come to seek and restore the seed of Adam, you and me included.
By A. Eliamani