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Vol.  9  No. 5 May 2007  Page 6
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Mark McWhorter

Youth Page By Mark McWhorter

Like Sheep Astray

    Sheep are not very intelligent animals. They are sweet looking animals. But they do not have much sense. I have heard a man who raises sheep actually state that they really are pretty dumb animals.

    If sheep do not have a shepherd to guide them, they can get in all kinds of trouble. Each animal will go its own way. They do not stay together. They simply wander off in every direction looking for something to eat. They do not really pay attention to where they are going. As long as they are finding something to eat, they just go about their own way.

    God says humans are like sheep. In Isaiah 53:6, we read, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” All of us tend to go our own way. Without God as our guide, we get into all kinds of trouble. We need a Shepherd.

    We deserve to be punished for not following God. But Christ came and died and rose from the dead so that we could avoid that punishment. I am glad that God is so loving. Jesus loved us so much that he was willing to be die for us. And I am glad that he is willing to be our Shepherd.

    Study your Bible. Learn all you can from it. Learn how to follow the Good Shepherd. He only wants what is best for you. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Turn Away Your Foot

    In Isaiah 58:13, we read, “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words.”

    Earlier in the chapter God had pointed out that the Israelites were in some instances performing the required acts of worship and penitence. But they were not doing them for the right reasons. God also pointed out that they were not doing things that they should be doing. They were not taking care of the poor. They were not helping the oppressed. They were doing some very wicked things.

    Instead of walking according to God’s laws, they were walking according to their own thinking. They were not letting God’s laws guide their actions and motives. Instead, they were attempting to please themselves.

    God said they had to turn away their feet from the Sabbath. This means that instead of worshipping the way they desired, they must worship the way God desires. They needed to quit using their feet to walk in a selfish way, and start using God’s feet to walk in his way. All of this talk about the feet is symbolic. The physical feet are not really what is being talked about. It is the spiritual mindset that is the focus of the discussion.

    Study the Bible. Make sure you are walking the right direction. Make sure you are not doing things in worship to just satisfy yourself. Make sure your worship is what God requires. And make sure your worship is in the right mindset. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.
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