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Mar 13, 2022

The Wandering Sheep

The Wandering Sheep

Passage: Matthew 18:10-14

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

Being in community with other believers can be challenging at times, but that is no excuse for treating others poorly, especially little children or those who are new to the faith. In verse 10, Jesus gives us a universal warning to heed with how we relate to those in the church, do not despise these little ones. Citizens of the kingdom should never be treated with shame or contempt. More importantly, how we relate to each other reflects who we are in Christ. Mistreatment of other believers is no small matter in the eyes of God. In those moments of difficulty, their angels see the face of my Father in heaven who will be dispatched to our side at a moment’s notice (Heb. 1:14). Despite how well these little ones are treated like all sheep they are prone to wander from the flock. Jesus uses the imagery of a shepherd to teach his disciples the significance of leaving the 99 to go after the one. To us, that may seem foolish, but the one sheep that strays will eventually end up in danger, so when the shepherd finds it, he rejoices. This parable beautifully illustrates Jesus as the Good Shepherd who pursues us even when we stray from the fold.