BIBLE INSIGHTS in 500 words*
Jesus was so steeped in the Old Testament Scriptures that many of his parables and saying demonstrate that he is completing the story of the Israel. One example is the story the good Shepherd. Read the story as Jesus shared it:
NEW TESTAMENT PARABLE: “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them (John 10:1-6).
Now, read an Old Testament story that served as the origin and inspiration for the parable of the Good Shepherd:
OLD TESTAMENT ORIGIN: Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them” (Ezekiel 32:2-6).
BIBLE INSIGHT: In the parable of the sheep and the shepherd (John 10:1-6), Jesus claims to be the true King of Israel. He also asks the key question: How will you know God’s anointed King when he comes?
The answer is that the Anointed King will be a Good Shepherd. Jesus is telling the Pharisees that the people, in fact, love, trust, follow him. The man born blind (John 9) is a sign that Jesus is God’s Anointed King and Good Shepherd:
Then the man said,
“Lord, I believe,”
and he worshiped him
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