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July 12, 2018

The Rod

A shepherd's rod is a crafted club whittled from solid wood, often featuring an enlarged knob at the end. To use the rod defensively, simply lob the club toward a predatory animal to scare it away. Practice with your rod to improve heft and control over the weapon. Once skilled accuracy is achieved, toss it near sheep splintering from herd movement without compromising flight-zone-safe placement and your point of balance with the overall herd.

The Staff as Sheep Control

The staff -- more commonly referred to as a crook -- is indispensable for traditional shepherds. Grip the shaft of the staff's uncurved end, using the tool as an extended arm. A sheep has more power with his head pointed downward. (LIke a stubborn mule) So, minding your body's placement outside the flight zone and at the point of balance, reach the crook toward the animal's head. Hook the crooked end around the neck and pull the chin up, then move the animal back to the herd.


What happens when we have our eyes to the ground rather than looking upwards? We can only see what is earthly therefore we cannot walk by faith.


Hebrews 11:1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.


This could lead us to become sheep gone astray. If our eyes are to the ground, Jesus is no where to be found.


John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”


A roaming sheep gives the appearance of being obstinate, stiff necked, defiant and rebellious.


I Samuel 15:23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. 


John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”


Psalm 123:1 To You I lift up my eyes,
O You who are enthroned in the heavens!


Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.


Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.


Phillipians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


Psalm 34:5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.


Daniel 4:26  But the stump and roots of the tree were left in the ground. This means that you will receive your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules.


Daniel 4:34  “After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever.

His rule is everlasting,
    and his kingdom is eternal.


Jesus looked up to heaven…


John 11:41

41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me.


John 17:1 After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you.


Acts 7:55  But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.


Acts 1:9-11 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”


Stephen was a man full of God’s Holy Spirit. He gazed steadily into heaven. His eyes were focused on God and not this earth. He was dedicated, intent, longing after God.


Steadily means being firm, unwavering, immovable


What do our earthly glasses tell us and how can they deceive or lie?




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