"When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things." Mark 6:34
“In short, the ‘sheep-shepherd’ image shows us we are more spiritually stupid than we ever dared think (we are sheep!) but we are more valued and loved by God than we ever dared hope (he is a shepherd!).
‘See the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.’ Isaiah 40:10-11
God has arms of power, but in those arms of power he carries the lambs he loves. They are his reward! His most prized possession. Jesus draws on this amazing imagery to tell us who he is and how his heart works.” — Tim Keller