The Good Shepherd (Part 1)

2:01 PM

As I interviewed each verse in John 10, I began to notice many things that I had never really thought about before. This is such a great chapter, and I wanted to share some of what the Lord has taught me about Himself through this chapter. I'm not sure how many posts I'll do on this, but here is Part 1.

"He calls His own sheep by name" - John 10:3
To understand this, it helps to think about this from a farmer's perspective. If you only have a couple of sheep, then that won't really help you in comprehending this verse. If you only have one or two sheep, then they will most likely have names. But suppose that you are a sheep farmer with millions of sheep. Will you know all of their names? Of course not! You might have a few favorites with names, but there is no way that you would know all their names. Do you see the significance of this? The Good Shepherd knows all of our names! He calls us each by name. We are each unique and special to Him. People often think of God as being distant, and not being concerned with the little things. But this verse says that He knows us each by name.

Another verse in this chapter that pertains to this is John 10:14, "I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me." The Greek word for "know" in this verse is ginosko, which is a word that is often used in the New Testament to mean "to know deeply".  Jesus knows us well--even better than we know ourselves.

One of our memory passages, Psalm 139:1-18, has a lot to say about God knowing us. It begins, "O LORD, you have searched me and known me!" David then goes on to say that God knows all of his thoughts, words, and actions. God knows exactly where David is all the time -- in fact, wherever David goes, God's Spirit goes with Him. We can never run away from God. God sees all that we do, both good and bad. If only we would remember this!

"But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine."
Isaiah 43:1

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  1. This is beautiful, Anna, and *so* true! Think of how He has called each of us individually and personally. He stands and knocks at the door of *our* heart! What a wonderful thought; for it is a wonderful God we serve! <3


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