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Shepherd's Rod VOLUME XVIII 2013

With this arrangement they were able to keep watch over their sheep by night. Protection of sheep from robbers and wild animals. The sheep need to be guarded against robbers not only when they are in the open country, but also when they are in the fold. The bandits of Palestine are not apt to pick locks, but some of them may manage to climb up over the wall, and get into the fold, where they cut the throats of as many of the animals as possible and then sling them over the wall to others of their band, and all of them attempt to escape without being caught.

The shepherd must be on guard constantly for such an emergency, and must be ready for quick action to protect his rights in the flock.


The wild animals of Palestine today include wolves, panthers, hyenas, and jackals. The lion has not lived in the land since the days of the Crusaders. The last bear was killed over half a century ago. One experienced Syrian shepherd is reported to have followed a hyena to his lair and compelled the animal to give up his prey. He won his victory over the wild beast by himself howling in characteristic fashion, striking on rocks with his heavy staff, and flinging deadly stones with his slingshot.

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The sheep was then carried in his arms back to the fold. The faithful shepherd must be willing to risk his life for the sake of the flock, and perhaps give his life for them. Seeking and finding lost sheep. Being responsible for anything that happens to one of his flock, the Eastern shepherd will spend hours if necessary in traversing the wilderness or mountain side, in search of a sheep that has strayed away and is lost.

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After weary hours of hunting for it, it will usually be found in some waterless hollow in the wilderness, or in some desolate mountain ravine. The exhausted creature will be borne home on the shoulders of the sturdy shepherd. Sheep in Palestine and vicinity have always been valuable because of the important products that are derived from them. Wool has been a valuable product in Bible lands. In ancient times most of the clothing which the Israelites wore was made of wool. The large outer garment or mantle was usually woolen.

The shearing months in Palestine are May and June. The sheep are washed before they are sheared. The color of the wool varies somewhat according to the color of the animal shorn, but white wool is considered to be the most valuable. The prophet compares sins forgiven with the whiteness of wool Isaiah From ancient times to modern days it has often been customary for pastoral people to make for themselves coats out of the skins of the sheep with wool still adhering to the skins.

The skin of sheep was at times tanned and then used as leather, but the skin of the goats was superior to that of sheep for this purpose. Sheep for meat or sacrificial purposes, Sheep were often eaten when meat was desired. For the ordinary person, meat was not on the daily menu, but was only used on special occasions of rejoicing, as when a feast was prepared, a wedding supper, or when a guest of honor was being entertained.

The animal was usually cooked as soon as it was killed, and then was often boiled, although sometimes it was roasted.

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The sheep was used in Bible times more than any other animal for sacrificial purposes. A young male lamb was used in most cases as a thanksgiving offering, as atonement for transgression, or as redemption of a more valuable animal. The offering of the Passover Lamb was the most important religious act of the year. This lamb had to be a male, which was selected after minute examination, in order that it be free from any blemish, and it was to be a first year lamb.

It was killed on the fourteenth of the month Abib after the Babylonian captivity Nisan, about the equivalent of our April , and the blood was sprinkled with hyssop. In Egypt the blood was sprinkled on the lintels and doorposts of the houses, but in Canaan it was sprinkled on the altar. The meat was roasted with fire, rather than boiled, and not a bone was broken, as was customary when it was boiled.

It was eaten by the entire household in the spirit of haste, as if a journey was being started. Anything left of it was burned with fire, and not left over for the next day.

Milk from the sheep is especially rich, and in the Orient is considered to be of more value than that of the cattle. Buttermilk is also much use. The horns of the rams are considered to be of great value. For carrying purposes a wooden plug is driven into the large end of the horn so as to close it, and sometimes it is covered with raw hide to hold it in place.

The small part of the pointed end of the horn is cut off, and the opening closed with a stopper. Solomon was anointed king by the oil in the horn of Zadok the priest I Kings Each year of Jubilee was ushered in by the blowing of these horns. The trumpets were also used as signals to gather the people Jeremiah This structure, added to the large size of the horn, adapts it well for its purpose. In order to bring it to the proper shape, the horn is softened by heat i. Care of goats — leadership ability. There are many goats being cared for by Bible land shepherds.

A shepherd looks after them much as he would care for a flock of sheep. Sometimes the goats belong to one flock along with the sheep, and in this case:. It is usually a he-goat that is the special leader of the whole Jeremiah ; Proverbs , walking before it as gravely as a sexton before the white flock of a church choir.

How goats differ from sheep. Most of the Palestinian and Syrian sheep are white, whereas most of the goats are black. The goats are especially fond of young leaves of trees, but the sheep would rather have grass. Goats will feed during all the day without the heat of summer affecting them; but when the sunshine is hot, the sheep will lie down under a tree, or in the shade of a rock, or in a rude shelter prepared by the shepherd for that purpose.

The goats are bolder, more venturesome, more playful, more apt to clamber to dangerous places, more apt to break into the grainfields, more headstrong, more vigorous, and more difficult to control than are the sheep. Separating goats from sheep. At certain times it becomes necessary to separate the goats from the sheep, although they may be cared for by the same shepherd that cares for the sheep. They do not graze well together, and so it frequently becomes necessary to keep them apart from the sheep while they are grazing. John A.

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Broadus, when visiting Palestine, reported seeing a shepherd leading his flock of white sheep and black goats all mingled together. The milk derived from goats is especially excellent and rich. Buttermilk and cheese are also utilized as milk products. Use of the meat of kids. The meat of an adult male goat is of course rather tough, and so not ordinarily used.

The female goats are seldom killed because they are needed to increase the flock. Thus it is the meat of the young male kid that is largely used in Bible lands. In Old Testament times, when visitors were entertained, often a kid was made ready for the meal cf. Judges There is sarcasm in this reproval, for the kid was of less value at a banquet than would have been a lamb, and considerably inferior to the fatted calf, which was killed and served on only special occasions to do honor to a very special guest.

The brother was objecting to the father serving the fatted calf at the banquet honoring the return of the Prodigal, whereas he as the elder brother had not been given even a kid to make merry with his friends. Use of goats for sacrifices. The Levitical Code often allowed the Hebrews a choice of a sheep or of a goat for the offering. Moses had ordered that the scapegoat should be taken out into the wilderness and turned loose. But in order to prevent its return to Jerusalem, it became customary to lead the creature to the height of a mountain, where it was pushed over and would be certainly killed.

Barnes, ed. John D. This article has numerous photographs accompanying it that illustrate Bible-land shepherd life. Robinson Lees, Village Life in Palestine, p.


George M. Mackie, Bible Manners and Customs, p. Mackie, op. See Whiting, op. Thomson, The Land and the Book, Vol. II, p. Wood, Bible Animals, pp. Also Thomson, op. White, that is termed the Spirit of Prophecy. This publication does not advocate a new movement, and it absolutely opposes such moves. It brings out a positive proof which cannot be contradicted that the Seventh-day Adventist church had been used by God to carry on His work since Houteff further expressed that he had a duty to take his doctrinal findings in message-form to the Seventh-day Adventist Church only.

Furthermore, V. Houteff never taught that in obtaining membership within the DSDA organization one was to sever one's membership with be an "off-shoot" of the Seventh-day Adventist church; but instead a "movement within a movement" which he believed was prophesied by the prophet of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ellen G.

White, to take place Testimonies to Ministers, p. In addition to the fundamental beliefs dated of faith held by Seventh-day Adventists, Davidians also believe:. That the prophetic gift in the Seventh-day Adventist church, by which medium the church was brought forth in and nurtured and preserved for seven decades, ceased its manifestation in and was not remanifested until Fundamental Beliefs and Directory 11, 12 ; and that this cessation and this remanifestation are paralleled by the cessation of the prophetic gift in the Old Testament and the re-manifestation of it in the New. That the present manifestation was timed to the year prophecy of Ezekiel 4 1 Shepherd's Rod , and that it is the addition anticipated in Early Writings, p.

That it was manifested anew in the closing work for the church to effect the sealing of the , servants of God Testimonies, Vol. That the destruction of the tares from among the first fruits of the living Matt. Because V T Houteff taught that the slaughter of the tares from among the wheat Ezekiel 9; Testimonies, vol. Vernon Howell [David Koresh] who taught that the adherents to the Shepherd's Rod message actually act the part of the destroying angels or sealing angel those who believe another man after V T Houteff is endowed with the gift of inspiration to seal the saints, contrary to V T Houteff's original teachings that he was the last prophet 9 Tract: 67; 5 SC ; General Conference Special cannot be classified as adherents to the original Davidian message.

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    That these events shall ultimate in the setting up of the Kingdom Dan. Zion Rev. That with this sequence of events will ensure the Loud Cry of the angel that lightens the earth with his glory Rev. That in response to this call, many nations will say: Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. That the Voice will cease to cry when all the saints shall have been gathered out of all nations.

    Then shall the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

    Amos , That then will follow the dissolution of the worldwide organization of the image of the beast Rev. That under the seventh plague, the hosts arrayed for the battle of Armageddon will fight with, and will be decimated by, the armies of Heaven Testimonies, vol. That for "a short space," or "a little season" Rev. Share Tweet. Views: The Shepherd's Rod message is not true at all. He was disfellowshipped from the SDA church for continuing to spread falsehood and continuing to claim the status of prophet even though he did not meet the criteria for that.

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