Shepherds and Strangers

John 10 is one of those passages we’ve read a bunch. It includes two of Jesus’ wonderful “I AM” statements.

I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

"I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 

John 10:9, 11

But there is a verse that strikes me, at the beginning of this passage today:

A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers. - John 10:5

Jesus seem much less worried about false teachers and false shepherds that some of the other New Testament writers.

Paul warns the Elders in Emphasis to guard against wolves from within and without. Jude and Peter warn of those who, for their own honor and glory will lead many astray.

But Jesus says “A stranger they simply will not follow.”

He does go on to warn against them saying that will steal, kill, and destroy, but there’s a sense here that a real sheep has nothing to fear.

And why? Because we know His voice.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; - John 10:27

The key to being sure you are listening to good teaching and preaching is the voice of the shepherd.

See how often He mentions this in this passage:

To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. - John 10:3

When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. - John 10:4

A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers. - John 10:5

I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. - John 10:16

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; - John 10:27

So here’s a new way for you to listen to those who would lead you. Do you hear the voice of Jesus in the preaching and teaching you are receiving? Then don’t fret. Go after the voice of the Lord.

If when you listen to a preacher, and your drawn more toward the man than to the Savior, you might check for the zipper in his sheep suit. But if you hear the voice of the One who loves your soul ringing in the words of His messenger, go ahead in. This fold holds sheep.

I hope that helps.

benheadshot1As Robert A. Cook used to say,

Walk with the King today, and be a blessing.

Ben

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