Jesus Said “Feed My Sheep”

This picture dropped out of an old photo album while going through our storage of stuff. I forgot all about it and got a kick out of how I could relate it to this poem I came across and the pictures and scriptures below. It’s of me at a family friends ranch in the Summer of 1959.

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FEED MY SHEEP

SHEPHERD, show me how to go 
O’er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow,  
How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice, 
Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice 
All the rugged way.

Thou wilt bind the stubborn will, 
Wound the callous breast,
Make self-righteousness be still, 
Break earth’s stupid rest.
Strangers on a barren shore, 
Lab’ring long and lone,
We would enter by the door, 
And Thou know’st Thine own.

So, when day grows dark and cold, 
Tear or triumph harms,
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold, 
Take them in Thine arms;
Feed the hungry, heal the heart. 
Till the morning’s beam;
White as wool, ere they depart, 
Shepherd, wash them clean.

Mary Baker Eddy

So Jesus told them this story:Β β€œIf a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?Β Β  Luke 15:4

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β€œHe 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.” Isaiah 40:11

This conversation took place at Tiberius (Lake Galilee), after Jesus had risen from the dead. Peter and other disciples were fishing. Jesus appeared, caused their nets to be filled, and invited them to add some fish to the breakfast he was cooking.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:2728

28 thoughts on “Jesus Said “Feed My Sheep”

  1. I love the pictures of children feeding the sheep. We must come to Him as children and we must feed His sheep (His other children) by sharing His Word, love, and hope. How encouraging πŸ˜€ Blessings and honor, Christine C Sponsler

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  2. Hi miss Susan ☺ good morning to you.

    Good post, but I would not reference Mary Baker Eddy.

    I’m not being ugly, I’m only trying to help in kindness. πŸ™‚

    And thank you for this post.

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    1. Good morning to you Lee, I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to read it. Thank you for your kindness in pointing that out. I just thought it was a nice poem that I could tie into the photo of me feeding the sheep, and scripture verses that tell the story of Jesus, who is our Shepherd, who lovingly tends to His sheep. I actually didn’t consider her background and beliefs would be a factor in the overall message I was making.

      Have a blessed day in the Lord today Lee.

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  3. Oh what a delightful picture to come across as you were going through your things. What a comfort it is to be under the loving care and guidance of our Good Shepherd. As a mother, Isaiah 40:11 has been one of my favorites. Have a blessed Sunday!

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    1. Thank you Beth. It is a comfort isn’t it? Knowing our Saviour cares for is, will never leave us nor forsake us; searches us out; and He even calls us friends. John 15:13-15. Have a refreshing day in the Lord. ❀

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  4. Beautiful and prophetic photograph!

    It is said “A picture is worth a thousand words”, so true in this instance.

    Bless you and yours dear sis’ I pray all is well!

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    1. Thank you so much Penny. 😊 That’s a wonderful way of seeing it. I was so excited when I saw the photo. I just thought it would be fun posting it and apply it to the lesson Jesus was teaching Peter at the Lake of Galilee, to feed His sheep.

      Blessings to you as well dear friend and sister. Thank you for your prayers. Yes all is well. πŸ™β€

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    1. Amen Matt. I do too. I think that the personal exchange they had amongst each other was what Peter needed to hear to spur him on to become bold in the task Jesus set before him; because he was so grieved in his spirit for denying Him. Peter knew he was zealous for the Lord yet prophecy was fulfilled in real time for him; and yet after those three days, rejoicing that much more when he saw Him on the shore. What an encounter that was for all His Diciples. Have a blessed and refreshing week ahead. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ

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      1. Good morning, Susan. I was wondering what Lee Poskey was talking about in the comments above, regarding Mary Baker Eddy, the author of a poem you quoted. So I looked her up online. I discovered that she was the founder of the Christian Science cult, and she got many of her odd ideas from seances, according to this very informative article:
        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Baker_Eddy

        Lee Poskey and I have had our disagreements in the past, particularly over my belief that the King James Version is not the only Bible in the English language that true Christians ought to read, and also over the fact that when I shared my testimony about becoming a Christian in a blog post years ago, I mentioned the fact that I repented of my sins on the day that I prayed and asked Jesus Christ to be my Savior and the Lord of my life. Lee stated in his comments on that post, something to the effect that repenting is a works salvation thing, as though we are saying that our act of repentance has saved us. I replied that I know that I am saved by faith alone, through grace alone, by Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross, and that my prayer of repentance did not effect my salvation. However, I said, a quick search through the King James Bible reveals multiple scriptures in which we are told to repent, and admonished for failing to repent. But Lee did not like my response and he unfollowed me.

        I still consider Lee as my Christian brother, although we disagree on whether it is okay and even required of us to repent of our sins. And, regarding the poem written by Mary Baker Eddy, although the poem itself is lovely, I agree with Lee that quoting her gives the impression that you are a fan of her heresy, just as quoting from the mass murderer Charlie Manson would raise eyebrows, regardless of how inspirational his words in that single quote might be.

        This are just my thoughts, Friend. I hope I haven’t offended you. You are precious and sweet and a blessing to me, and because I care about you, I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about you, because of the Mary Baker Eddy poem. ((HUGS)) and Love.

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      2. Thank you Linda for pointing that out as Lee did, but as I commented back to him, I just thought it was a nice ‘Feed My Sheep’ poem that I could tie into the photo of me feeding the sheep, and scripture verses that tell the story of Jesus, who is our Shepherd, who lovingly tends to His sheep. I actually didn’t consider her religious beliefs and controversial background to be a factor in the overall message I was making, and that certainly was not my intent. I’m not sure why you used Charles Manson as a comparison to the author since I had already removed Lees reference to a ‘Charles Mandon’ last night, because I had no idea who Charles Mandon was. I did a search on his name and came up empty, so that’s why I deleted that comment. That’s all. Thanks for your concern Linda. I understand where you’re coming from.

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      3. Ok. Well, last night when I read Lee’s comment about “Charles Mandon,” I wondered who in the world he was talking about. So I googled that name, and what came up was “Charles Manson”. Then I assumed that this was who Lee meant, but that he had hit the wrong key while typing. The letter ‘d’ is right next to the letter ‘s’ on the keyboard, so it would be an easy typo to make.

        The thing is, Susan, that my life was ruined in so many ways, because of the seances that I ignorantly got involved in with my high school classmates when I was 14 years old. The evil that was unleashed was… horrific beyond words. Since I became a Christian, I have repented and renounced my sinful involvement with the evil occult. And I really don’t want to be reading quotes from someone who embraced the occult and apparently never repented of that.

        But this is your blog, of course, so you are free to quote whomever you wish to quote.

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      4. Good mornin to both of ya’ll. I am here in kindness to both of ya’ll.

        Yes, I made a typo.
        I meant to write Charles Manson in my previous comment.

        And Hi miss Linda, πŸ‘‹

        I posted a video post this morning on repentance, and I invite you to watch it please.

        And perhaps we’re on the same page, I don’t know.

        But will you at least check it out and see?

        I thank you both for your kindness toward me.

        Here’s my post from this morning:

        http://leeposkey.com/2021/06/02/watch-test-of-salvation-repentance-on-youtube/

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  5. Wow! That picture of you is beautiful. It is a real treasure to find it and it is so appropriate for this post. The Lord knows that you will one day be feeding His sheep. God bless you and the wonderful work that you are doing for the Lord.

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