The Parable of The Aged Shepherd

7/14/12 From The Lord, Our God and Savior
A Parable Given to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear

There was a man, an old man full of years, who grew up tending sheep. And to this day he tends them still, arising early each day; even going out in the middle of the night when required, whether due to wolves or approaching bad weather. He tends his sheep, for he knows no other trade, and enjoys doing so. The shepherd has no family, nor children of his own. The sheep are his family, and he cares for them as such.

One day a man came to him while he was out in the field, and offered to buy all the sheep for a good price, and said, “You are old and look very tired; let me take this flock off your hands. Then you can take the money and retire, and relax and enjoy life.” The aged shepherd paused and considered for a moment, and looked up at the man with a smile, and said with conviction, “I am retired; I haven’t had to work a day my whole life.”
The man was puzzled by this, and said, “But you have been tending sheep your whole life, and caring for their lambs since you were a boy!” As the aged shepherd’s mind drifted back across the years, he sighed contentedly, and answered, “Right. I have indeed been very blessed in my life.”

From: The Parable of The Aged Shepherd

Parable of the Three Servants

1/27/12 From YahuShua HaMashiach, Our Lord and Savior
The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy, During Men’s Fellowship
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear

My sons, listen closely as I speak to you this parable: There were three men who devoted their lives to God, three men who sought to serve The Lord their God in righteousness. The first went out feeding the poor and the hungry, doing all he could for the needy, as he was able. The second gave everything he had to those who asked, with no thought to himself, until the day came when he had nothing more to give and he too had to ask. Yet the third did not go out, nor did he give to all who asked, but bowed down each day seeking the will of God, wanting always to walk in the ways of The Lord.
Years passed by, and the three men continued in their walks, serving God each day as they were able. Then the day came when each was presented with a new choice, one which they had not faced before.
To the first, The Lord sent a prophet, saying, “Thus says The Lord: Draw back now your hand from the needy, and no more go out to feed the poor and the hungry round about, but obey the Word of My mouth and sound the trumpet.” But he refused and went away in unbelief, appalled by the Word he had heard by the mouth of the prophet.
The second man was faced with a similar choice; to him God sent the Word of The Lord in a book. Yet because it was not found in his Bible, the man immediately rejected it and went his way in unbelief, appalled by the Word which had been given him in the name of The Lord.
And to the third, The Lord Himself said, “My son, the time has come for you to give up all you hold most dear, to give up your life for My purpose, to serve without constraint... To be greatly hated and persecuted for My name’s sake.” And with tears streaming, the servant said, “Yes, Lord.”

Therefore, My sons, I ask you, of these three men, which one was truly devoted to Me, though all did good and fruitful works? For indeed many are called, yet few are chosen, few have ears to hear. Thus learning the lesson of obedience is far greater than witnessing a prophecy come to pass, or receiving healing by a miracle. For obedience is born of love. For those who have no trust seek after signs, and those who remain in unbelief wait for miracles. And those whose requests are met, while in unbelief, will soon demand them. And those who receive a sign, yet have no trust, will only expect the more.

Yet only those who love Me,
Without condition, will remain faithful...

And only those who truly know Me
Will endure in times of trouble...

Says The Lord.

From: Without Condition

The Parable of The Great Landowner and His Beloved Sheep

7/23/11 A Parable Given to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner who had a large field full of sheep, sheep of every kind and many young lambs. The landowner loved his sheep and treasured his young lambs.
Yet in his field, he noticed that many sheep had become ill due to disease, and others had wandered off. Behold, many wolves were there also, stealing his sheep and killing his lambs. Therefore he sent his chief shepherd into the field, to call to his sheep and to every lamb, to gather them together. He was told to wait as long as possible, that every sheep who had wandered off might have a chance to hear the call, and return.
The shepherd waited patiently, until all who knew the sound of His voice had gathered to him. Then at the time appointed, the shepherd took them out of the field, setting them in safety, apart from all that offends. Then the landowner came forth from his house, in great anger and haste, and slew every ravaging wolf and burned the field with fire, purging it of all disease.

Therefore, let those who have ears to hear, hear, and also understand: The Chief Shepherd is sent into the field already, and shall also come and finish His work. Lo, He has entered the field and gathers them together. Yet the sheep do not depart, until The Shepherd calls them through the gate. Then will they be gone from this place.

From: The Parable of The Great Landowner and His Beloved Sheep

Parable of the Great Vineyard

7/28/11 From The Lord, Our God and Savior
The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For The Lord’s Little Flock, and For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear

"My sons and daughters, hear now this parable, that you may gain wisdom and have understanding of that which I am about to do, of that which must be: I have a great vineyard, with many grapes. I have provided both the early and latter rain and tended every vine, pruning them with sure hands and delicate fingers. Yet many wither, while others fail to produce, and still others are slow to ripen.
Beloved, I have waited patiently and tended My vineyard, doing all that was necessary to produce a fair crop, and now it is time for harvest. Yet I tell you plainly, it shall be a very lowly crop, a very small harvest, for few have ripened to maturity. Thus they must be left to ripen in their season. And though the winds shall be harsh and the rains rare, behold, even all manner of plagues shall come, I must not gather them until their due season, says The Lord."

Excerpt from:
Walking through the Valley

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