You will know them by their fruits, not their looks. Not their personalities or mannerisms, not by the way they talk nor even many of the words they say some cases… It may take a lot of time for fruits to be manifested. Hence the need to be well-schooled in the Word of God, lest we be taken in by their big brown eyes, sweet faces and soft, fluffy wool.
“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thron bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” ~ Mt 7:16,17
The Bible often refers to God’s people as sheep. Jesus, asking Peter if he loved Him, told him to “Feed my sheep”. The psalmist places himself in the position of a sheep when he claims the Lord as his shepherd. Jesus, Himself, in John 10 calls himself the Good Shepherd, who lays down His life for the sheep.
If you know anything at all about sheep, you must know they are renowned for being stupid and flighty. They tend to be herd bound, will drink bad water if they find it, inexplicably leave good pasture to feed on weeds… And they are very fearful. Of almost everything.
Well, the following video serves as a great visual for just how fearful they are of things that don’t warrant any fear whatsoever (much like human beings) and how they will let habit, and something that moves in the right ways drive them hither and yon (or just keep them in the barnyard), regardless of whether that something has any real power over them.
So maybe the following is not only a great visual aid, but a wonderful metaphor as well.
With that I present… Champis the swedish rabbit, who has learned to herd sheep from watching the trained sheepdogs. In fact, a sheep dog trainer says the rabbit does it better than most dogs!