Sheep May Be Smarter Than People

Why did Jesus call us sheep?

For years, I’ve heard religious teaching that Jesus called us “sheep” because sheep lack intelligence and sense. Since there’s certainly an argument that humans exhibit those qualities, I decided to write a blog about it.

The surprising facts about sheep

While researching, I discovered some interesting information.

— Sheep are actually fairly intelligent and have good memory and recognition skills.
— They form bonds with their shepherd and fellow sheep, and show signs of depression or fear when isolated from either.
— Sheep can panic and run away, or die from fright or the stress of being bothered by predators or harassment by the dogs who herd them.

Qualities of a good shepherd

To keep sheep calm, shepherds have to handle them with quiet, firm gentleness. They also assure the flock by making certain their sheep consistently see and hear them.

The most important things

I’ll leave the more detailed discussions about the similarities between sheep and people to the experts.

Regardless of the intelligence level of sheep and how that compares to humans, the most important lessons that seem to apply to both are:

— We need a Shepherd to care for us.
— The Shepherd continuously gives evidence of His presence and voice.

And most important of all:

— If we follow the Shepherd, He will see us safely home.

What lessons have you learned about animals that help you in life?

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Joni Vance is an award-winning author of fiction, essay, and poetry. She loves mystery, history, and how God reveals Himself every day.


May God reveal the mystery of His love in your life story.

3 thoughts on “Sheep May Be Smarter Than People

  1. Great reminder of why we are likened to sheep. Thanks Joni!

  2. Love the information about sheep, and proud to be one… ha ha.

    • Glad it was helpful. Yes, I agree, I definitely need to learn the lessons about sheep and not “stray” from them. 😉

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