All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all
We considered the shepherd metaphor last week in looking at elders shepherding the flock. We will see more of this picture today. We are like sheep that go the wrong way. Scripture emphasizes often that this means ALL of us. Every one. No one can think in his heart, "Well I haven’t done so badly, I can just check out through this part of the service." No. The reason we do this every week isn’t just because it’s how the service should go. This service reflects our relationship with God, and each of us needs to confess our sins to God daily.
So the question for us at this point is HOW. How have we sinned and what should we confess? The shepherd wants you feeding on His food –Jesus is the bread of life. Where have you gone to find other food? The shepherd wants you resting in His fold, safe from wolves – where have you wandered, open to attack? The shepherd wants to bring you to the clear water of life – what mud have you found as a good-enough substitute?
Let us confess our sins before almighty God.