Posted by: Billy Marsh | May 26, 2007

Bringing the cows home for Christ!

“You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray and ignore them. You shall take them back to your brother.” Deuteronomy 22:1


Dr. Wilbanks always had a story to tell or some sort of unique encounter that he had to share with us before class got rolling. He was one of my professors at North Greenville College. I remember this one particular story that he told before he began teaching that day’s material for the class “O.T. Wisdom and Poetry Literature” which involved this verse from the Law. At that time, I was very unfamiliar with the Pentateuch (the first five books of the O.T.) so this story put me in awe of Dr. Wilbanks command of Scripture, especially from a part of my Bible that looked brand new. Greenville, as in much of the South, is replete with plenty of agricultural aspects such as vegetable and fruit farms, horses, cattle, sheep, and yes, a Buffalo! But, Dr. Wilbanks told us he was late to a class he had earlier that morning because on the way to school he noticed that some cows had broken through the fences lining HWY 253. When he began to debate passing by them so that he wouldn’t be late for his first class, he told us that the Lord brought this verse to his mind. So, he decided to pull over and help herd the cattle back into their pasture. As I recall it, I believe that the farmer who owned the cattle arrived at about the same time, and he and Dr. Wilbanks worked the cows back behind the barbwire fence. Dr. Wilbanks also was able to share the gospel through this experience with this man.


I remember well growing up and hearing Dad’s footsteps coming up the stairs towards my room. I can hear those cowboy boots sounding through the whole house, not trying to tiptoe or be quiet at all. It was always sometime around 12midnight or 1am and always it was a weeknight. Our cows and horses never got out on a Friday night where you could at least come back and sleep in the next morning after chasing them around all night long. It was always a weeknight and it was always right after your mind had passed into deep REM sleep. Most of the time someone who spotted the horses out in the road or grazing along the side of the highway or in their front yard would either call us or come and knock on our front door. Then, Dad and I would go and hunt them down. If it was the horses that were out, we’d bring the horsetrailor or either we’d bring the saddles and bridles and just ride them back to the house. If it was the cows that had escaped, we’d go saddle up the horses and try to herd them back towards the house and into the pastures in the middle of the night through the woods, briers, and whatever else they wanted to run from you through. Ah yes, the good ol’ days!


I know from experience, if someone’s animals are out of their pen or pasture, it is a major blessing and comfort to know that others will let you know and will help you in getting them back. Are we not our brother’s keeper? Well, I also pray that you all will develop a deeper and broader knowledge of the Bible that spreads out across the full canon of Scripture so that when you are tempted to bypass a situation as such, the Spirit can use Deut 22:1 to convict you of selfishness and help a brother in need. Thanks to Dr. Wilbanks for teaching me that there was a scriptural backing for bringing the cows home!



  1. this one cracked me up

  2. just be thankful you never had to go with us.

  3. Just sounds like to me the Lord was preparing you to relate to that scripture!

  4. Whatever you got to tell yourself to make you feel better about dragging this young child out of his warm, cozy bed in the middle of night.

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