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Long before Jesus’ ancestor, David, came up with Psalm 23, the people of Israel were shepherds – a profession the Egyptians looked down on. It became a well-known metaphor used by the prophets – calling the people of Israel, “God’s flock.” I’m not sure why, except for the fact that sheep are notoriously needy and dependent. Put a herd of cattle in a field, and they’ll pretty much take care of themselves.  But not sheep. Sheep need ongoing attention – just like us.