The Gospel of John 10:1-6 (The Shepherd, the sheep, and the robber). – Angelic Wars
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The Gospel of John 10:1-6 (The Shepherd, the sheep, and the robber).


 

Jesus uses an analogy of a shepherd, sheep, and robber when talking to the Pharisees in John 10:1-6.

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Who are the shepherd and thieves in this story?  Can you name places in the Bible that answer this question?
  2. Who are the sheep—all mankind? Give biblical citations.
  3. Do you hear Jesus’s voice through the Holy Spirit, sometimes?



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van says February 7, 2024

1. Jesus is the shepherd and all who came before Him are the thieves and robbers. John 10:1-8
2. All who believe John 10:16
3. Absolutely. It is fantastic when I pray before going to sleep and ask for help especially for finding a verse to answer my question and receive answers of where to go and find the verse.

I and my wife have done 2 books on the New Covenant using Jeremiah 31:3-34 and Ezekiel 36:26-27 as the core and found ALL the places where Jesus confirmed, added, and changed the OT New Covenant to the NT New Covenant.

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    Rick says February 8, 2024

    Hey Van,

    Thanks for your comments. We both pray at night before bed. Nice to know about your books. Congrats to you and your wife. I will add more extensive comments next week.

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Rick says February 15, 2024

1. Who is the shepherd and thieves in this story? Can you name places in the Bible that answer this question?

Jesus is the good shepherd. “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms” (Isaiah 40:11); “He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. (Micah 5:4); “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” (Matthew 2:6); “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, (Hebrews 13:20-21); For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:25); “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17). Others repeat this title throughout the Bible. The thieves are non-believers (including Satan) who take believers away from God—imposters. “All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.” (John 10:8)

2. Who are the sheep—all mankind? Give biblical citations.

Those who believe in Jesus Christ are his sheep. “Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep” (John 10:7) and all of John 10 through verse 21.

3. Do you hear Jesus’s voice through the Holy Spirit, sometimes?

Yes, I hear Jesus’ voice through my conscience, other Christians, and other unknowing people who are not Christians. There are no coincidences in God’s world and events, words, and actions that seem coincidental or serendipity, are not.

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