Based on the Master Story from Luke 2:8-20
In the hill country of Judea some 2000 years ago there was a little shepherd boy tending some lambs for his father.
“Hazaiah,” his father called, “bring the little ones back to the flock. It is getting late and we must set up camp.”
“Yes, father.” Hazaiah obeyed and with his little stick herded the five young lambs back to their mothers.
Sheep are affectionate animals and when treated well are almost like pets, following their masters from place to place. Hazaiah's father, Melki, had told his son not to get too attached to this bunch. The owner of the flock would soon be taking them for sacrifice since the five lambs were without blemish.
Hazaiah knew all about that but still he would run with his animals and care for them as if they were his own. He even named them.
“Father,” he said, “can Rhappa sleep with us tonight? It is getting cold and she is the smallest of the herd.”
“No,” said Melki. “That is why there is a herd so that they can protect each other from the cold. Our job is to protect them from wild animals. All of them, my son, not just Rhappa. Come, help me pitch the tent."
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