From:Â Â Â Kent Hovind
Sent:Â Â Â February 20, 2008
To:Â Â Â Young Shepherd
Subject:Â Â Â Scarred Sheep
First read:Â Â Â I Samuel 17: 34-37
1 Samuel 17:34-37Â “And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:Â And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.Â Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.Â David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”
KH:Â Â Â Excuse me, young man, what on earth happened to that terrified little lamb you are holding?
Young Shepherd: Oh, he’s pretty scared right now but he’ll be OK. He was almostÂ Â Â Â eaten by that lion over there.
KH:Â Â Â Is the lion dead?
YS:Â Â Â Oh, yeah! Really dead!
KH:Â Â Â What happened?
YS:Â Â Â I’ve been a shepherd watching over my father’s flock here since I was about ten years old. My job is to protect the sheep.
KH:Â Â Â Do sheep need protection?
YS:Â Â Â Oh yeah. They are really helpless and stupid. They would all be dead without me. A few minutes ago that lion grabbed this lamb and tried to run off with it, but I killed him.
KH:Â Â Â How did you kill him?
YS:Â Â Â I hit him with a rock out of my sling first. That knocked him down and made him drop the lamb. I hoped that he would get the message and just leave, but as I went to get my lamb, the lion rose up against me. I grabbed his beard and hit him again. This time I used a bigger rock to really explain it to him.
KH:Â Â Â Did you want to kill the lion?
YS:Â Â Â Not really. I don’t like to have to kill any animal. I didn’t ask for this fight, but he came and took my lamb. My job is to protect my sheep (John 10). That lion chose a lamb from the wrong flock this time.
KH:Â Â Â Did you hear the lion come into the flock?
YS:Â Â Â No, they are really quiet and sneaky.
KH:Â Â Â What alerted you to the problem?
YS:Â Â Â The lamb cried out for me. That’s all I need to hear.
KH:Â Â Â Did you risk your life to rescue this lamb because it is a good lamb?
YS:Â Â Â No, actually this one tends to wonder off at times. I rescued it because it is mine and it cried out to me.
KH:Â Â Â So where are you headed now?
YS:Â Â Â First, I’m going to wash and comfort this lamb. It’s been pretty traumatized. Once I get it calmed down, I will go skin the lion and bury the carcass. That lion skin will make a nice warm coat.
KH:Â Â Â And serve as a great reminder of an incredible story!
YS:Â Â Â It will also remind this lamb every time I wear it to stay close to me and not wander off.
KH:Â Â Â That’s for sure! Say, what’s your name, young shepherd?
YS:Â Â Â David, sir, son of Jessie.
kh:Â Â Â Hey, Lord?
GOD:Â Â Â Yes, Son.
kh:Â Â Â That lamb was helpless against that lion, wasn’t it?
GOD:Â Â Â Yes, Son, it sure was.
kh:Â Â Â That lion had no mercy or compassion did it, Lord?
GOD:Â Â Â Â No, Son, none at all.
kh:Â Â Â That lamb’s only hope was for that shepherd to rescue it, wasn’t it, Lord?
GOD:Â Â Â Yes, Son. Without the shepherd, the lamb would be dead right now.
kh:Â Â Â Lord, I’m in the jaws of a merciless beast right now, aren’t I, Lord (Proverbs 28:15-18)?
GOD:Â Â Â Yes, Son, you sure are.
kh:Â Â Â Lord, all that lamb could do was cry out and the shepherd got involved with whatever level of force was needed to rescue his lamb, right, Lord?
GOD:Â Â Â Yes, Son. All the good shepherd ever needs to hear is for one of his lambs to cry out for help. He will take it from there.
kh:Â Â Â Lord?
God:Â Â Â Yes, My Son.
kh:Â Â Â Baaaaaaaaa!