每日诗歌: 在主里的时刻 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUZUZhGjVbI)
1 Chronicles 20 [Read]
1 Chronicles 21 [Read]
1 Chronicles 22 [Read]
John 10:22-42 [Read]
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (Jn 10:11). This is one of the most commonly cited passages in the entire Bible, and it helps us to remember who our Lord is and how much he has laid down for us. One simple verse like this can provide us enough strength to strive on in our pilgrimage.
Today, let me turn the table around and ask the question: am I a good sheep? Does this passage shed light on how to be a good sheep? I think so. The good sheep listen to the good shepherd (Jn 10:3). Most biblical scholars agree that sheep are not known for their intelligence, but they are good in recognizing voice. After they learn the goodness of the shepherd, they become extremely responsive to his voice. They put their full trust in the shepherd’s hand, and they follow him to wherever he calls them.
Good sheep also run away from strangers (10:5). Their trust in the good shepherd is full and exclusive, and they understand the danger of drifting away. If the previous point implies submission, this one implies humility. The good sheep do not overestimate their own discernment and independence. Instead, they recognize their own limitations and they flee from any temptation that comes their way (1Ti 6:11).
Good sheep come in and go out through the gate (10:9). Throughout the OT, “come in and go out” is used as an idiom describing the entirety of a person’s life (Nu 27:17, 21; Deut 28:6, 19; 2Ch 1:10). The gate is Jesus (10:9), and coming in and going out through him shows dedication and commitment. The good sheep do not limit God in a particular part of their life, but they put their entire life before the good shepherd and live their lives accordingly.
Finally, the good sheep know the good shepherd (10:14). The relationship is not a superficial one based on needs and safety, albeit they are important. The good sheep want to know their master better with time, and knowing someone in Hebrew always means much more than simple acquaintance. It means a deep relationship which results in a complete union of the two (Gen 4:1). In the NT language, that means “in Christ” (Eph 1:3-14).
As we enjoy the grace from our good shepherd, let us also meditate on how we are doing as a good sheep. To me, those two are closely related.
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