I was reading this week’s Parsha, (Vayetze – Gen 28:10-32:3) and this prompted me to look into sheep behaviors. I found a paper written by a Darwinist professor and I was amazed at all of the similarities between sheep, and how Yahweh describes us, His sheep! If this professor had “eyes to see,” I think he would be amazed at the similarities.
I’m only going to list a couple of interesting contrasts for brevity’s sake.
Difference between Carnivores (meat-eating) and Herbivores (plant-eating) animals:
“Carnivores spend a much smaller proportion of their time consuming food and a considerable amount of time stalking.
Sheep normally spend more time consuming food and ruminating (cud-chewing) and little time in searching for food.” (Excerpt from Applied Sheep Behavior, Warren Gill, The University of Tennessee)
If we have our Hebraic thinking caps on, then we’ll notice some parallels between wolves and sheep.
- Carnivores stalk and kill their prey/food.
- Sheep graze. They search for food. They don’t stalk or kill.
- Carnivores are aggressive.
- Sheep are passive.
The bible seems to hint at the character of the person by their occupation…
- Cain was a hunter – a “man of the field.” He took life.
- Abel was a shepherd. He protected life.
- Esau was a hunter – a “man of the field.” He took life.
- Jacob was also a shepherd. He also protected life.
The overall theme here is the contrast between death and life. We see this in sheep and in people. This theme is seen throughout the bible.
“Sheep contribute wool, meat and milk in return for protection, shelter, feed and health management.” (Excerpt from Applied Sheep Behavior, Warren Gill, The University of Tennessee)
As Yahweh’s sheep, we are to do the same thing.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you made me your guest, I needed clothes and you provided them, … Matt 25:35-36
Related: Why the Wolf Analogy?