John Lesson 14 Day 2
3. a. False Shepherds and bad shepherd-leaders do not love and care for the sheep.
False shepherds are strangers to the sheep. They gain entrance illegally, avoiding the door and climbing in another way. Thieves and robbers.
“The religious leaders gained their place among God’s people – the sheep spoken of here – through personal and political connections, through formal education, through ambition, manipulation, and corruption.” Guzik
They aren’t protectors and providers but rather greedy takers.
- Self-appointed hired hands. For them it’s a career choice rather than a calling.
- Use the sheep to serve their own interests.
- Feed themselves.
- Bully, badger, ignore and devour the sheep.
- Are unwilling to put themselves at risk to save the sheep.
- Allow the sheep to scatter, suffer, become restless, and starve.
b. In chapter 9, the Pharisees cast out a sheep.
The Pharisees were up to no good. They insisted their embellished version of the law was the way to God. Their way excluded the love of God and his desire for relationship.
They disrespected and intimidated the parents of the man born blind. They were clearly afraid of the Pharisees.
The Jewish leaders did not listen nor believe what the healed man said. When he confronted them with the truth and their unwillingness to listen, the leaders cast him out of the temple for good.
“The religious leaders had shown themselves to be so unhelpful and cruel to the man, his parents, and the common people in general that Jesus felt it necessary to talk about the contrast between His heart and work as a leader to God’s people and the heart and work of many of the religious leaders of His day.” Guzik
4. a. The true shepherd’s sheep
The sheep are mature believers who know, trust and follow their shepherd. (Lambs are babies who follow their parents—those who disciple them.)
Sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd and know his call. They follow the shepherd because they know he is trustworthy.
b. The true shepherd leads His sheep.
He doesn’t drive them, he leads them be walking in front of them.
Jesus is the true, Good Shepherd—the gate into the sheep pen.
The shepherd is the protector and provider—the doorkeeper who opens the gate. He calls his sheep by name because he knows they listen. He leads them out to pasture.
- Is appointed by God.
- Feeds the sheep.
- Leads the sheep to pasture, rest, and safety.
- Tenderly cares for the sheep because he loves them and has their best interest at heart.
- Is willing to lay down his life for the sheep.
- Keeps the sheep together.
c. I have other sheep not of this sheep pen. Ephesians 2:11-22; 3:6
Jesus, speaking to the Jews— “I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd.” John 10:16 MSG
The “other sheep” are the Gentiles—non-Jews.
Before Christ, Gentiles had to convert to Judaism and be circumcised.
During Jesus’ time on earth, Gentiles were forbidden to go any further than the outer court of the temple.
(Gentiles) were excluded from entering into any of the inner courts, and warning signs in Greek and Latin were placed that gave warning that the penalty for such trespass was death. The Romans permitted the Jewish authorities to carry out the death penalty for this offense, even if the offender were a Roman citizen. It was for this alleged crime that Paul was attacked and nearly beaten to death by an angry crowd during his last visit to Jerusalem (Acts 21:27-32). Bible-history.com
The Jews were the chosen people of God. Jesus would start a new order–the church–that would be made up of men and women from every race and culture. Andrew Wommack
There is [now no distinction in regard to salvation] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you [who believe] are all one in Christ Jesus [no one can claim a spiritual superiority]. Galatians 3:28 (AMP)
“Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.” Ephesians 2:18 NLT
5. His sheep are familiar with His voice.
“God speaks to our inner person (spirit), and our inner person hears Him. The problem comes when we aren’t sensitive to or controlled by our spirits but are walking in the vanity of our minds (Ephesians 4:17-18). The Bible calls this walking in the flesh instead of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18).” Andrew Wommack
God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit communicate in many ways. Most often, I see pictures, often moving pictures while awake or in dreams. When He wants me to do something or teach me something, I sometimes I see myself doing it, or I see an illustration. I believe it’s the Good Shepherd because the pictures are unrelated to my thoughts and they agree with His ways.
I am in Him, and He is in me. John 14:20
Someone suggested we try to visualize Jesus with us all day. So one day when I went for a walk, I tried to picture Jesus walking beside me, holding my hand.
The next day, I tried it again. Immediately, I saw one set of footsteps. Unlike the poem Footprints in the Sand, Jesus wasn’t carrying me. He was—and is—in me. And I was—and am—in him. Thus, one set of footsteps.
My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 14 Day 2 ~ John 10:1-6