The deeper, fuller meaning of the parable of the Good Shepherd
—Part 15: John 10
Andrew Fountain – Feb 2, 2020
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John 10 – I am the Good Shepherd
To fully appreciated this jewel of a parable in the middle of John, and be deeply moved in response.
The Parable and it’s explanation
Their response and ours
John 1–12 “Book of Signs”
Woman at well
5Sabbath Healing: Take up your bed and walk
Teaching: the Son gives life
6Feeds 5000, I am the Bread of life 7 I am the Living Water (after walks on water) 8 I am the Light of the World
9Sabbath Healing: Man born blind
10 Teaching: I am the good Shepherd
11 Lazarus raised from the dead
The word of the LORD came to me:
“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord GOD: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep?
You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep.
The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.
So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts.
My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.
Ezekiel 34 cont’d
“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out.
As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.
I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel.
I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD.
I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”…
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”