Monday, August 9, 2021
11-13 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not an authentic shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.
14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that 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. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”
19-21 This kind of talk caused another split in the Jewish ranks. A lot of them were saying, “He’s crazy, a maniac—out of his head completely. Why bother listening to him?” But others weren’t so sure: “These aren’t the words of a crazy man. Can a ‘maniac’ open blind eyes?”
-John 10:11-21 The Message.
Verse 11: “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Verse 12: He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the sheep’s owner, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
Verse 13: He flees because he is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
Verse 14: I am a good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me.
Verse 15: Even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
Verse 16: 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.”
Verse 11-12 study: Here is a lesson of wisdom to get out of these two verses. A hired hand tends to the sheep for money. The shepherd does it out of love. The shepherd owns the sheep and stays committed. Jesus is not doing this as a job; he is committed to loving us even when laying his life down for us. False teachers and false prophets don’t have the same commitment.
Verse 16 study: The other sheep are non-Jews. Jesus saved the Gentiles as well as the Jews. This insight is a worldwide mission, to die for the sins of the world. People want to restrict God’s blessings to their own group, but Jesus is not going to be a part of the limited by the fences we build.
Verse 17: “For the reason the Father loves Me because I lay down My life so that I may retake it.
Verse 18: “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”
Verse 19: A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.
Verse 20: Many of them were saying, “He was a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?”
Verse 21: Others were saying, “These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?”
Verse 17-18 study: Jesus’ death and resurrection were a part of God’s plan for the world’s salvation, which is under God’s total control. No one could kill Jesus without his consent.
Verse 19-20 study: If Jesus was a man, his claim of being God would have proven him insane. His miracles proved him true; he is God. The Jewish leaders didn’t see beyond their own prejudices. They looked at Jesus from a human perspective, and Jesus is not limited by their restricted vision.
Father, thank you for our study today. I pray we can fully understand between your dedication and a false prophet and teacher. In Jesus’ name. Amen!