Did you ever wonder why Jesus refers to those who slaughter the sheep as “wolves?” We know that wolves are ferocious animals who like to devour their prey, but there are many animals like that so why the wolf? I did a little digging and found out some interesting things – to me anyway.
Wolves vary their hunting techniques. They hunt and kill many different animals, such as deer, moose, caribou, birds, rabbits, sheep and even mice. But sheep are the only animals that wolves slaughter in apparent compulsion, and in unnecessary numbers. What makes this more compelling, is that wolves are extremely intelligent hunters, not marauders. But there is simply something in sheep that causes the wolf’s thirst for blood to explode into furious attacks!
Sometimes, wolves will slowly herd larger prey onto frozen lakes, water or loose snow. The purpose is to make footing and balance treacherous. In this vulnerable state the animal can be attacked from different directions and be unable to protect itself.
Wolves can literally run all night long. They can wear down their resistant prey by following at a constant distance; adjusting to the animal’s speed until exhaustion sets in. Even strong animals that are not without defense against the wolf will eventually succumb to this relentless pressure. As the old saying goes, –“Fatigue makes cowards out of strong men”. The same is true in the animal kingdom.
I don’t know you about you but it puts a new perspective on just how dangerous these wolves are in our churches and all around us. Just knowing that their attacks aren’t random, but rather calculated towards believers is chilling. Like snipers, they have you in their sights. We would do well to heed these words:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” Matt 7:15