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Know God in a Year #150 Loved like You’re the Only One!

The Pharisees have just driven out of the synagogue one coming to God through another doorway than theirs.
Compare that with Jesus saying he is our shepherd and the door to the sheepfold. He has described his effect on us as refreshing water, and life-giving sunlight. He has also compared himself to a shepherd for his disciples. Now he enlarges on this powerful shepherd metaphor for all the crowd gathered.
Eastern shepherds developed strong bonds with their sheep. They didn’t drive them forcefully or treat them cruelly, but went ahead, leading them, naming each one, even when flocks were large. Often they spent frosty nights as well as long hot days with their sheep.*
To be a shepherd then was to risk your life with lions, bears, or robbers–always lurking to steal sheep. The sheep loved their shepherd and knew his voice, coming when he called. It created a picture of a strong, tender attachment the people understood and would always remember.
David, Isaiah, and Ezekiel had used this metaphor to describe Messiah’s mission.** Jesus loves this picture of God’s tender care for each one of us individually. He says, “I am the good shepherd. My sheep know my voice and follow me.”
There is no fear or force. He loves you as though you are the only person on earth! God has that ability!
The pain too deep to share with anyone touches His heart. Unless you choose to leave, He will hold you securely; no one can take you away. He will never abandon you.***
John 10:1-6    *Genesis 31:40, Luke 2:8    **Psalm 23 etc., Isaiah 40:10-11, Ezekiel 34:11-16   ***Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5

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