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Friday, January 29, 2016

John 10:11-15   Thought/Prayer:  No Hired Servant.  Topics:  2 at end.

“I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his very life for the sheep. The hired servant—one who is not a shepherd and does not own the sheep—no sooner sees the wolf coming than he leaves the sheep and runs away; and the wolf worries and scatters them. For he is only a hired servant and cares nothing for the sheep. “I am the Good Shepherd. And I know my sheep and my sheep know me, Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I am laying down my life for the sheep.”  (WEY)  (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

The sheep in a flock owe so much to their shepherd (“sheep-herd”-er), especially when it comes to dealing with potentially invading wild animals, including wily wolves.  No, a wolf cannot pretend to be a little lamb or a mother ewe.  The wolf has to remain a wolf.  But cunning is a characteristic of a wolf, and a good shepherd will understand the ways of wolves and will be ever on alert for one lurking somewhere close by . . . lurking and watching.

Interestingly, wolves themselves are loyal to family and generally do a good job of bringing up their young.  But a wolf near a flock of sheep?  Not good for the sheep families!

This scripture contrasts a shepherd who is negligent, to the One Best Shepherd ever:  Jesus Christ.  A person hired to watch sheep will possibly not invest himself greatly in their care.  The Good Shepherd will (and did) give His life for the sheep:  those who believe in Him and know that He is their shepherd.

Part of being a good shepherd is, as the scripture indicates, knowing the sheep.  And this may involve honing in on those individual sheep that tend to wander off.  Wandering off is not good.  A wolf or other wild animal will see that lone animal and . . . well, the shepherd needs to know his flock well enough to redirect those who tend to wander.

Our Lord the Great Shepherd does this. He knows us so well – too well we might say because we may not want to be hooked back into line with His staff.  But unbeknownst to us, He has probably saved us from a great deal of trouble by knowing us well enough to discipline us with His staff.  We must be grateful for God’s willingness to deal with us with his staff of rerouting capabilities.

Sometimes we must wander a bit and have been returned to the center of the flock in order to realize the benefit of getting back on track, back into the safety of the flock well-protected by the shepherd’s rod.  Lord, I’m thankful to be one little sheep in Your flock, and under your watchful and continual guidance and care.

Topics:  Praise God that He wants to be our Good Shepherd and wants to take care of not only us who know Him, but others who do not.  Pray that they come to know Him and will have His care as a resource when huge issues come their way, of LIFE or death.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 01/29 at 04:15 PM
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