keeping a watchful eye on the wolves

The viciousness of wolves

Take heed, sheep. Do not take lightly the Bible’s many warnings that there will be wolves among you.

The viciousness of wolves

The most severe enemy of sheep is the predator–the flesh-eating wild animal (indicated in Matthew 10:16 as a wolf). According to (Phillip) Keller, “Two [wild] dogs have been known to kill as many as 292 sheep in a single night of unbridled slaughter. Ewes, heavy in lamb, when chased by dogs or other predators will slip their unborn lambs and lose them in abortions. A shepherd’s loss from such forays can be appalling. One morning at dawn I found nine of my choicest ewes, all soon to lamb, lying dead in the field” (p. 37).

“On several occasions [cougars] came in among my sheep at night working terrible havoc in the flock. Some ewes were killed outright, their blood drained and livers eaten. Others were torn open and badly clawed…. Some had huge patches of wool torn from their fleeces. In their frightened stampede some had stumbled and broken bones or rushed over rough ground injuring legs and bodies.

“Yet despite the damage, despite the dead sheep, despite the injuries and fear instilled in the flock, I never once actually saw a cougar on my range. So cunning and so skillful were their raids they defy description” (pp. 108-9). And wolves are just as deadly.

Sheep Among Wolves Part 1
by John MacArthur

Also see:

Sermon of the week: “Sheep Among Wolves” by John MacArthur.


2 responses

  1. randy


    Thanks for posting all this.

    February 14, 2010 at 1:42 am

  2. sheepyweepy

    We must, for the safety of the flock.

    February 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

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