My sheep are individual, separate, one of a kind. (No wonder God refers to us as his sheep!)
Did you know that sheep and deer footprints are similar or that hunters often don’t take the time to identify one from another? (We must always be on guard. Humans are very slow learners.)
It’s so interesting to me that we always say sheep whether referring to a singular sheep or a flock of sheep. As a group, sheep will easily take down a predator and stomp it into rethinking its purpose of sheep for lunch. (No wonder God says to not forsake gathering together! Hebrews 10:25)
When we are together, we can more easily fight off attacks from enemies, our hearts are under examination and we can fight off doubt, depression and discouragement with the support of others. The point is that we have protection if we gather together.
The obvious way to gather together is in a church setting, but we can also assemble one on one, praying together, joining a small group, Bible study together and so on. In the presence of others, we can stir one another to good works and clean living.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and much more, as the day approaches. (Hebrews 10:24-25)