Michah Two: Sheep

“I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of you; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; together I will make them as sheep in a fold, as a flock within its stall they stir with people (Micah 2:12).” This verse intrigued me because of the flock of sheep imagery. For the last week, I’ve been honeymooning in Ireland, and a good part of that has been spent driving around the countryside through the ubiquitous flocks of sheep. Almost everywhere we’ve turned, there’s been at least a small assemblage of the animals. I’m always torn by the sheep imagery. It is often used negatively, describing people who follow blindly and don’t think for themselves or work to shape their own destinies. But is that really what is being referenced here? Or is it simply that the people will be cared for and tended to, like flocks, and will come together as a nation?

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