When lambing time comes (this is when baby lambs are born), the shepherd must take great care of his flock. This can be a difficult task because it is necessary to move frequently to find new pasture land.
The sheep that are soon to give birth must be kept close to the shepherd. This is so that when the time comes the shepherd is there to help in any way needed.
The helpless baby lambs that cannot keep up with the rest of the flock, are carried in the bosom of the shepherds undergarment. The shepherd turns his garment known as a girdle into a pocket. The baby lamb is carried until it is able to keep up with the rest of the flock. This usually was not but for a short time. But during that short time the baby lamb would have fallen behind and probably would have died. This also teaches the baby lamb at a very early age to trust completely in the shepherd.
In Isaiah 40:11, we read, "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." God is talking about taking care of his entire flock. He will do whatever is necessary to take care of us. Of course, we must do our part to stay close to him.
I am thankful that we have such a wonderful Good Shepherd. I am so thankful he loves us so much. I know that you want to stay close to such a Good Shepherd.
This also teaches us that new Christians sometimes need extra help. They may need to be 'carried' a short time until they are able to keep up with the rest of the flock. We should be ready to help them when necessary.
If any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you. Until next time, keep reading your Bible and study to get the wisdom of God.
Published by The Old Paths Bible School