Mark 5:25-30 25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? Word Origin and History for grace Expand The "Grace" of God is His 'Unmerited Favor". As Almighty God, the Great Physician, walked through that thronging crowd, He was full of the Grace of God. John 1:14 . But the woman had to "touch" him with all her heart to get it.
Grace n. late 12c., "God's favor or help," from Old French grace "pardon, divine grace, mercy; favor, thanks; elegance, virtue " (12c.), from Latin gratia "favor, esteem, regard; pleasing quality, good will, gratitude" (source of Italian grazia , Spanish gracia ), from gratus "pleasing, agreeable," from PIE root *gwere- "to favor" (cf. Sanskrit grnati "sings, praises, announces," Lithuanian giriu "to praise, celebrate," Avestan gar- "to praise").
I have another theory which I have stated before. A physical "rod and staff", unlike the metaphorical ones mentioned in psalm 23, would really be a "comfort" to a literal shepherd. The "rod" is an instrument of judgment and power and the "staff" is used for "support". A physical staff is used, among other things, to steady a shepherd as he traverses over treacherous hillside paths and stony terrain and it is inevitable that a rod would be a shepherd's only protection against a belligerent ram. I use one for this myself and all the ram has to do is see me raise my stick and he will stand down. Literal sheep, including mine, give their lives for the shepherd. I know because about 20 or so of mine did so last year. In Bible times, as now, they were regularly slaughtered by the thousands. The "Good Shepherd", on the other hand, does the opposite and "gives his life for the sheep". I think it is possible that some of the other things. like the "rod and staff" are opposites as well.
Of the wool breeds, I've owned "Gulf Coast Natives" and "Florida Cracker" sheep, both of which were developed here in the Southeast, presumably from colonial and/or Spanish stock. One wooly ram I had would let you walk up, grab him pet him, and had no fear of people whatsoever, but the evil rascal would knock you down if you turned your back on him so I'm almost certain he was bottle fed. He was registered and I loaned him out to another farm. The owner called me later, upset that he was chasing her aggressively and said that she was afraid of him. I told her under no circumstances to go in the paddock with "Hornsby" and that I would be over to pick him up, I pulled up with my trailer, walked into the paddock and Hornsby just stood there nonchalantly as I walked up grabbed him by one horn and walked him to the trailer; no fear whatsoever. But this was what made him dangerous. I've also owned a few Katahdin crosses, and maybe a Tunis. The rest of my sheep are "Amercan Blackbelly", which were developed from three very different breeds: The Caribbean "Barbados Blackbelly", which possibly originated from West African stock, gave them their distinct "antelope" markings. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbados_Blackbelly_sheep The second breed was the French Rambouillet http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/rambouillet/ , which is a wool breed with curling horns in the males. The third is the Wild Mouflon, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouflon from which it is believed that all domestic sheep descended from in the first place. Some of my "American Blackbellies" are wild as bucks and others eat out of my hand and let me pet them. But I can tell you, from experience, that probably 90% or more of my "semi wild" animals would be fit for a petting zoo if I had the time to spend with them. It just takes gentleness and patience. This is our American Blackbelly ram, bred from Barbados Blackbelly, Rambouillet, and Wild Mouflon. He's afraid of people, but incredibly destructive to inanimate objects such as fences and trees. I do not turn my back on him without one eye over my shoulder at all times. https://scontent-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/284357_582887571744047_1227554233_n.jpg?oh=4a1f67d37d61a59d6b73173811737fcc&oe=55863C41
Another thing I'm curious about is whether sheep will drink "running water" or not; some say they prefer running water http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/aitc/lessons/extras/facts/wool.html and some say no http://confidentfaith.com/blog/the-problem-with-sheep-2/ . I have a strong pump and an extension cord that I believe will reach the pasture. So stay tuned.
I was researching sheep this morning and came across this.... http://confidentfaith.com/blog/the-problem-with-sheep-2/ One thing that jumped out at me was that he says that poor dumb "sheep" get "lost". But I think the sheep in Matthew, Luke and the Book of Jeremiah were right where they wanted to be. Understand that a sheep's natural home is the mountains and hills (Matthew 18, Luke 15, Jeremiah 50:6). But the Bible never points out the stupidity of sheep. On the contrary, the sheep's only "sin" is that it goes "astray". Also contrary to this article, sheep do run very fast, leap high in the air, use their heads to butt, in order to defend themselves. Some of mine, even the females, have horns and these aren't for ornamentation. If a male sheep is in the "rut", he will attack and can hurt or even kill a person. As for intelligence, no, sheep are not geniuses but neither are most ungulate animals including cows. In fact, my llama seems to be one of the stupidest critters on my farm. Look into my llama's gaze and you can tell there's not much going on. But I have observed sheep do stuff like attack a big sheep dog as soon as they saw me grab and hold its collar; they observed an opportunity, approached when they normally kept their distance, and took advantage of the dog as sure as I'm breathing. Again, the whole "beef" the Bible has with sheep, is that they go astray. Likewise we, by far the most intelligent creatures in all of God's Creation, do likewise. Matthew's account 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains , and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And
Luke's And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
I never said I would agree with any wrongdoing which may or may not have been done by the Israeli government. I don't always agree with my wife, kids, or parents either, but it's still my God-given duty to support them.
For starters, according to James chapter 3, just "speaking well of" someone is considered "blessing" and the opposite to that would be "cursing"; all done with the tongue. But there are other ways to "bless", such as helping financially so I would say that the "root" meaning of the word "bless", Biblically, would be to "bestow good upon" someone either physically or verbally. James 3 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men , which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing . My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
The majority of Jews are "Secular Leftists" or, as he says, "The least religious, religious group in America". That does not surprise me. A huge number of the Hollywood actors are Jewish and I certainly wouldn't consider most of them religious. But most Orthodox Jews vote Republican; that doesn't surprise me either. The Jews as a whole, according to the Word of God, are blind: they are in unbelief. But that doesn't relieve Christians of the responsibility to "bless" them and the nation of Israel.
.......Peanut hay? My Wife and I worked 125 sheep today. We recorded everyone's weight, checked their eye membranes for anemia, and sprayed them for mites. Kelley's lamb, a ewe, weighed 25 lbs; she has more than tripled her birth weight in about a month. When we were finished, we turned everyone out onto a supper of peanut hay which I had already pitchforked out in scattered piles. Nikkie's lamb choked on some hay, was foaming at the mouth and nostrils, and was jumping in the air as they commonly do to dislodge something. After awhile, I went back to check on him and found he was OK. On the way back, I noticed Molly and her twin lambs lying snuggled together in an uneaten pile of the peanut hay. I guess she had eaten until she was satisfied and decided to use it as a bed. I was reminded of something I was told about shepherds not letting their sheep bed down in the green pastures because good grass was too precious to he wasted. I do know from experience that the sheep soil their bedding areas so this may be the case. Perhaps Psalm 23 is showing us, among other things, that the Lord has enough "green pastures" that it's OK to lie down and rest in them. Maybe someone would like to elaborate on this?
Thanks Alan, This baby, a ram, was born Valentine's Day. His mother accepted his twin brother just fine but rejected him for some reason. . He stays with the flock but now comes running for the bottle when you go out there. http://images.craigslist.org/00101_lY0gCYpv9oe_600x450.jpg