The true sheep hear the Good Shepherd

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John 10

10 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

In using an illustration from culture Jesus would take a simple example to explain an eternal truth.  The simple example here was simple for them who saw shepherds and sheep every day but it is a bit lost to us who have only seen shepherds and sheep in pictures and movies.

In an open field, shepherds would take the time to make a paddock of stones.  The wall of the paddock would be high enough to keep the sheep in and the predators out.  The paddock may or may not have an actual gate on it but it was common for the shepherd to sleep at the gate making sure that whoever or whatever gained entrance to the paddock had to go through the shepherd.  He then was the gate-keeper for the well-being of his sheep.

The sheep, kept by one shepherd, knew the voice of their shepherd.  If two or three flocks were kept in one paddock, in the morning a shepherd would make his particular call to his sheep and only his sheep would follow him out of the paddock.  The sheep of another shepherd would not follow him out for they did not recognize his voice.

John 10:7  Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

Using this illustration, Jesus made it clear that He was the door and that His sheep followed His voice.  He protected His sheep and led them according to His will.

As we go through our Christian lives we who know the Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, we hear His voice in the Bible, in sermons, and in Christian books.  We recognize the voice of the Lord as He speaks truth and peace to our souls.  We know the difference between the voices of this world and His voice for we know His voice.  When we seek direction we are awaiting the familiar voice of the Lord Jesus to lead us.

Why do some church members seem to be unguided and disinterested in spiritual things?  Perhaps they don’t know the voice of the Shepherd.  Why do some who call themselves Christians have unbiblical philosophies?  Perhaps they don’t know the voice of the Shepherd.  When Jesus speaks from His word to us those of us who know Him also know His voice.  We are in agreement as to His messages and His calls.  We follow His truths according to His word. We live under the Shepherds leadership, know and follow His voice.  He is our peace and our security just as the sheep found their comfort in their shepherd.

Thank you for your prayers for last night’s community event.  It went very well and we had a great time with the people of the community.  There was great peace amongst us and I now pray that those involved will know that it was the Lord who was leading us and will seek His leading in their lives.

Pray for us this evening as we have a neighbor’s wedding to attend.  I have been asked to bring a prayer before the reception.  I will be praying 1 Corinthians 13. 

We are once again looking forward to Sunday and the gathering of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are His bride gathering to be together with Him.  Pray for God to bring His people together with joy and peace in believing. 

Our offerings have been down for a month.  Pray with us for God to meet our financial needs. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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