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Daily Bible Reading (Wednesday, April 18th)

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John 10 (ESV)

I Am the Good Shepherd

10 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

I and the Father Are One

22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter,23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there.

Footnotes:

  1. John 10:29 Some manuscripts What my Father has given to me

11 Comments

Verse 6..."but they did not understand what he was saying to them." Lord I pray that you give me understanding. I pray that You humble me in such a way that I am teacheable and quick to listen to Your word. But not only to listen but also to do Your will. You've given us the word full of information about Yourself. I pray that we continue to search Your word in order that we may know you better.

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.

Thankful and joyful to recall my eternal security in Christ. It's not that difficult to imagine in my power, that I should fall from grace. But I know the one who has called me, and He is faithful.

As already mentioned, our God is a good shepherd! I’m glad he knows his sheep and thankful he called me by name. God I pray for mercy on those who have not yet had their eyes opened, for the wandering sheep I ask that you would continue to pursue them and bring them home to the flock.

Also, the audio app is a very useful tool. Great addition to our time in the Word.

And many believed in him there. That verse made me think of the time when my Lord opened my eyes

I think many times my actions and attitudes reflect that I understand verses 27 & 28, but don’t fully understand verse 10. Lord, help me to have abundant life in you, even in this fallen world, that it would be a light in the dark and a witness for your kingdom.

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Oh the love that Jesus shows for His sheep! He lays down His life for them, gathers them into His fold, and prorects His sheep from all harm. What amazing love! Praise God! For without it we'd all be facing the consequences of our sin - eternal death and separation from God.

In verse 29, Jesus tell the Jews that "my Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all." God chose me before the foundation of the world and "gave me to Jesus." I can hear the voice of the Good Shepherd because God chose to love me. What an amazing truth. I didn't earn it, God did it. I serve Him because He loved me and is worthy of my all. I must make myself a living sacrifice. (Rom 12:1)

Several times in this chapter Jesus says He lays down His life for the sheep. I am thankful for such a Great Shepherd and I don't ever want to minimize or take what He did for granted. My salvation is based on what He has done and He has done it all. All to Him I owe.

v4-5: Father, give the body of Believers Fellowship a discerning ear to only recognize the voice of Christ. v26: It hurts my heart to think of Jesus telling someone, “you don’t believe because you are not of my sheep.“ Belief in Jesus is such a gracious gift! v33: Right here is the most damning evidence against the Jews: they acknowledged he was claiming to be God and yet they didn’t believe. v41-42: Father, I ask that, in the same way, many would come to Christ at Believers Fellowship and believe in Him there.

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