Recently a Boston newspaper carried the story of a Maine couple whose dogs attacked a flock of sheep at a nearby farm, killing nine sheep and injuring ten others. The sheep in this area are famous for their prize-winning wool, but the dogs didn’t care. They went for the throats and slaughtered the sheep indiscriminately. For days after the attack, the surviving sheep huddled in a group. Instead of scattering across the field as they normally did, their flock instinct heightened and they circled close to one another.
According to the Bible, God’s people are sheep having a strong flock instinct. We need fellowship, and we often find safety and accountability in close relationships with other Christians. In dangerous days, we especially need to stay close to one another.