The Shepherd Knows Us And We Know Him

Daily God Walk for Sunday, October 4, 2009

 I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.  

  – John 10:14

 Jesus takes a considerable amount of time in this 10th chapter of John to explain the shepherd relationship he has with those who follow him. We’ll take a look at some of the things he says in this chapter but I want to point out that the success of the shepherd /sheep relationship is based upon knowledge – he knows us, we know him.

In the first verses of this chapter he is talking about how people get in to the sheep pen. The shepherd must lead them in. He speaks of some who enter illegitimately, but those who belong to the shepherd follow him in.

“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all of his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice” (v4-5). Those who are truly sheep of the shepherd know his voice and they follow him.

Jesus introduces another interesting truth in verse 7. He says, “I am the gate for the sheep.” It is interesting that he is the shepherd the sheep follow but he is also the gate through which the sheep must go through to find safety in the sheep pen.

He goes on to tell of those who try to get into the pen without going through the gate and he calls them “Thieves and robbers.”  He goes on to say that these thieves come to steal, kill and destroy, but the true sheep do not listen to them. They don’t listen because the voice they hear is strange to them. They don’t know the strangers.

Do you recognize the shepherds voice? Can you hear him speak in the word of God? Do you follow where he leads? The true test of being a believer is not whether we can recite a formula or a doctrine, but do we know the voice of the shepherd.

 Principle: True test of a believer: Do you know the voice of the shepherd?

 Affirmation: I hear his voice in the Bible and I hear his voice in my heart.

 Prayer: Lord, sometimes it seems I can hear voices calling me to another path. Give me ears to hear only your voice. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 37 – Ezekiel 5-6 – Proverbs 4

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