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"The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep."
- John 10:2
 
Yesterday we considered how vulnerable sheep are to the predator on the outside of the sheep pen. We were also alerted to the reality of a two-legged predator gaining access to the sheep pen, the threat posed by the robber who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate but climbs in some other way.
 
Jesus is telling this parable in such way that His listeners will catch the contrast between the thief and the shepherd. Jesus intended for His audience to sense that His claims those of the Pharisees were in conflict and . . .

"The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep."
- John 10:2
 
Yesterday we considered how vulnerable sheep are to the predator on the outside of the sheep pen. We were also alerted to the reality of a two-legged predator gaining access to the sheep pen, the threat posed by the robber who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate but climbs in some other way.
 
Jesus is telling this parable in such way that His listeners will catch the contrast between the thief and the shepherd. Jesus intended for His audience to sense that His claims those of the Pharisees were in conflict and that the people needed to make a judgment about them.
 
Jesus speaks of a threat to the sinner from inside the church. Simple faith in Christ's work is often attacked by people who appear to be religious. Some who seem concerned with the most serious matters touching people's souls only want to boast that they can call them their members.
 
This parable is addressed to the modern church member who asks with a shrug: "In a world with so many problems, can't I relax in my church? After all, these are all religious powers, programs, and persons."
 
Today Jesus says, "Know of the thief who poses as a shepherd but enters by a different way than the gate and has a different motive than mine for coming in and getting close to you. For my Father has sent me to fulfill the Sabbath and bring rest for your frightened consciences."
 
Christian friends, We can rejoice in each new day because God graciously has promised to take care of us and lead us sovereignly.
 
Like sheep that sometimes wander from the flock
In tangled paths of life to lose their way,
I need my Shepherd's hand and watchful eye
To keep me always, lest I go astray.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - If the LORD is your shepherd you have everything you need. 

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