"Anyway - I broke his leg
so he won't run from ya
The Good Shepherd breaks the legs of his sheep.
I never heard that one before, but apparently that's what all the Israelites who listened to Christ's teaching would have known:
Jewish shepherds would leave the flock, and go in search of the lost one, the reason why he would carry it on his shoulder is because he would break or dislocate its leg, which meant until it healed the shepherd needed to carry it around.Really? Don't tell PETA or the Humane Society.
The important thing was that whilst it was getting better it was also learning to stay with he flock and while it was disabled it could not teach the rest of the flock to run and it itself learnt to listen to and follow the shepherd. - Source
How to wreck a lovely story, huh? Although I suppose this angle of the Good Shepherd story might be helpful in childhood abuse cases - "I just maimed the little bastard so he'd keep to the straight and narrow Judge."
"Oh that's okay then, case dismissed."
Break the sons a bitches legs!
Just kidding... kinda.