Why does the Bible compare God’s people to sheep instead of lions, tigers, or bears? I would rather be a sleek cheetah than a wooly sheep, wouldn’t you?
Sheep are not strong and independent creatures; instead, they are notoriously directionless and defenseless animals. Other animals in the wild kingdom do not fear sheep as fierce predators. Have you ever seen a hyaena running scared from a sheep?
All in all, sheep are kind of pathetic creatures and entirely dependent upon the shepherd who cares for them. Sheep need a shepherd to lead them. Sheep are also prone to wander away from the protective flock. For these reasons and more, it is quite humbling to think of ourselves as the sheep of God’s pasture (Psalm 79:13, 100:3).