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When the Shepherd Speaks, his Sheep hear!

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Introduction:

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want
When the Shepherd speaks, his sheep hear!
John 10:1–15 NASB95
1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. 2 “But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. 3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them. 7 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 “He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
NOW
NOW
-Song Title: I Did it My Way!
-And now the end is near And so I face the final curtain My friend I'll say it clear I'll state my case of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full I traveled each and every highway And more, much more than this I did it my way
Regrets I've had a few But then again too few to mention I did what I had to do And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course Each careful step along the byway And more, much more than this I did it my way
Yes there were times I'm sure you knew When I bit off more than I could chew But through it all when there was doubt I ate it up and spit it out, I faced it all And I stood tall and did it my way
I've loved, I've laughed and cried I've had my fill, my share of losing And now as tears subside I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that And may I say not in a shy way Oh no, oh no, not me I did it my way
For what is a man what has he got If not himself then he has not To say the things he truly feels And not the words of one who kneels The record shows I took the blows And did it my way
Yes it was my way
-Ole Frankie was sure that he ran his own life, and charted his own course.
-Frank was deceived he believed in his own power to save himself. Somewhere along the way a recieved some bad teaching from someone.
-We are all being guided by someone, or something. Question: Who’s voice are you listening to? Your own? or Some other person?
- Last week we heard from the Sheep(David), but this next two weeks we will hear from the perspective of the Great Shepherd(Jesus)
Then
-Explain
-in (v.16) The Pharisees deny that Jesus was a prophet because he healed the blind man on the Sabbath, but not all the Pharisees agreed, even some of their eyes were beginning to open.....To the Pharisees-Tradition superseded Souls(Compassion & Human needs)
-(v.17) The Blind beggar makes it plain, this man is not a sinner, he is a prophet!!!
-(v.24&25) The Pharisees questioned the blind man again, and try to get him to call Jesus a sinner, but he will not relent. In the face of the religious aristocracy he says in (v.25) “Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see”
-Read (v.26-41) and explain
-(v.39) the blind man knew he was blind and needed Jesus help….The Pharisees sarcastically said are we blind? In other words “we see clearly, and we don’t need your help” you see the Pharisees were not physically blind, they were spiritually blind and did not know it.
Always
-In a world with many different voice, those whom are the Lord’s will always hear his voice, because the Good Shepherd will make sure of it.

I. The Good Shepherd knows where to pick up his Children

John 10:1–2 NASB95
1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. 2 “But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.
John
-(v.1) Jesus speaks to us by contrasting himself and those who are truly called against those who claimed to be Shepherds, but behave more like wolves.
-In v.1 Jesus speaks to us by contrasting himself and those who are truly called against those who claimed to be Shepherds, but behave more like wolves.
-(v.1) Jesus says Truly, Truly Jesus was saying “I am about to tell you the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” He who does not pick up his children at the front door is suspicious. He who uses deception, and guile is someone you should keep your eye on.
-(v.1) Jesus identifies individuals that want to get access to the sheep by illegal means.
Teach- on the Shepherd’s Pen and the gate where the gatekeeper laid
-(v.1) Jesus says these Shepherd try to enter into the fold of the sheep by climbing over the wall to get access to them.
-These Pharisees are characterized as “thief & robbers” these two terms are used to describe the deception that a thief must incorporate to gain access to the Sheep & the term Robbers describes the destructive things that the robbers does to the sheep once he has access. He has ungodly motives that is why he cannot come through the front door, but he must get access to the sheep through deceptive schemes.
2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?
3 “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock.
4 “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.
5 “They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered.
6 “My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.” ’ ”
7 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:
Ezekiel 34:1–10 NASB95
1 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? 3 “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock. 4 “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. 5 “They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered. 6 “My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.” ’ ” 7 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 8 “As I live,” declares the Lord God, “surely because My flock has become a prey, My flock has even become food for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock; 9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 10 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep. So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.” ’ ”
8 “As I live,” declares the Lord God, “surely because My flock has become a prey, My flock has even become food for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock;
9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:
10 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep. So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.” ’ ”
Ezekiel
-In v.2 Jesus says that the Good Shepherd comes right to the front door to get his children. There is only one way to the sheep’s pen, and the Good Shepherd comes to that door to get his children.
-Jesus is saying that the Good Shepherd does not need to use deception in order to get access to the Sheep, but he can come right to the front door, and pick his sheep up.
-There are two types of Shepherd’s that Jesus is talking about in this passage: The Good Shepherd and the Evil Shepherd’s
- issues: Failure to feed, Failure to provide Spiritual healing, Failure to chase the wayward, & Domineering leadership style.
Result: The sheep were scattered all over the place, and became food for the beasts(This is metaphor for the Israelites being enslaved in Gentile nation, because of the lack of spiritual leadership from Judah & Israel)
-(v.2) Jesus says that the Good Shepherd comes right to the front door to get his children. There is only one way to the sheep’s pen, and the Good Shepherd comes to that door to get his children.
Illustration
-Jesus is saying that the Good Shepherd does not need to use deception in order to get access to the Sheep, but he can come right to the front door, and pick his sheep up.
-There are two types of Shepherd’s that Jesus is talking about in this passage: The Good Shepherd and the Evil Shepherd’s
Illustration
Dropping Austyn off at Daycare
Picking the Girls up from Elementary School
Application
Application
1. There are two messages being taught by two different Shepherd’s: One uses deception; and one uses truth.
2. The Good Shepherd message will always line up with the Word of God it will not contain deceptive schemes meant to trick, confuse, or deceive the sheep, because he wants what’s best for them not himself.

II. The Good Shepherd speaks to his children and they Follow

1. There are two messages being taught by two different Shepherd’s: One uses deception; and one uses truth.
John 10:3–4 NASB95
3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
-(v.3) The doorkeeper only opens the door for the Good Shepherd so that he can get his sheep.
-In v.3 The doorkeeper only opens the door for the Good Shepherd so that he can get his sheep.
2. The Good Shepherd message will always line up with the Word of God, and it will not contain deceptive schemes meant to trick, confuse, or deceive the sheep, because he wants what’s best for them not himself.
II. The Good Shepherd speaks to his children and they Follow-John 10:3-4 “3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4 “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
-In v.3 The doorkeeper only opens the door for the Good Shepherd so that he can get his sheep.
a. Explain the doorkeeper job, and existence of multiple families of sheep with different Shepherd.
-(v.3) only the Sheep who had been trained to hear their master voice came out of the pen when his master showed up.
-(v.3) it says “he call his sheep by name” commonly during this time Shepherd’s would nickname their sheep, so that eventually the sheep came to respond to the name that the Shepherd had given them. Nicknames imply closeness and familiarity.
-This text is astounding especially in light of
Jeremiah 1:5–8 NASB95
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak. 8 “Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
-This text is astounding especially in light of
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
-This text is astounding especially in light of
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all stars of light!
4 Praise Him, highest heavens,
And the waters that are above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
Psalm 148:1–13 NASB95
1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! 2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! 3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! 4 Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens! 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created. 6 He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which will not pass away. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps; 8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; 9 Mountains and all hills; Fruit trees and all cedars; 10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and winged fowl; 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; 12 Both young men and virgins; Old men and children. 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.
For He commanded and they were created.
6 He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
-In v.3b “he leads them out” the good shepherd does not leave the sheep to wonder, but he leads them out himself.
-Isn’t Amazing that the God of that created everything, and upholds all things by the power of his word, is the same one in Jeremiah “who knew you and set you apart” and consecrated you for use!
Creeping things and winged fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and virgins;
Old men and children.
-(v.3b) “he leads them out” the good shepherd does not leave the sheep to wonder, but he leads them out himself.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.
-In v.3b “he leads them out” the good shepherd does not leave the sheep to wonder, but he leads them out himself.
-(v.4) It says when the Shepherd gets all his Sheep in group and organize he then leads them out front. It say they follow because they know his voice. This lets us know that Good Shepherd guides us with more than just his presence, but also his voice commands.
-Just a note: What is one of the ways that you tell a false believer from a Real believer? In (v.4) it says that Sheep follow him, because they know his voice. You see the sheep have come to trust his leadership, so they do not question his direction in their life, so they follow without hesitation.
Illustration
Dad calling me home while playing outside
Application
1. The Good Shepherd is not a deadbeat Dad, but he is intricately involved with every detail of our life.
2. The Good Shepherd nor longer speaks to us verbally, but he speaks from his word, through our prayer life and from his people.
3. One of the surest proof of your salvation, is that when he calls you listen and obey.

III. The Good Shepherd teaches his children to spot a fake

John 10:5 “5 “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
John 10:5 NASB95
5 “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
-In v.5 The Good Shepherd has trained his sheep so thoroughly that they will not respond to someone who tries to deceive them.
-(v.5) The Good Shepherd has trained his sheep so thoroughly that they will not respond to someone who tries to deceive them.
-(v.5) you see the stubbornness of the Sheep?
a. Stubborn-They will not follow
b. Dependent-They run to find their Master (Good Shepherd)
-They have been so trained by the Good Shepherd that if some other Shepherd tries to give them directives, they will take off running.
-The Sheep had become so used to hearing the “truth” that anything sounding like a lie caused them to take off running.
-(v.5b) “they do not know the voice of the strangers” notice the plural of strangers….this implies that there are multiple voices trying to get the attention of the sheep. So rather than train the sheep to learn these multiple voices, the Good Shepherd teaches it to recognize his own voice.
Application
1. The Good Shepherd speaks to us, and teaches us truth so that we can defend ourselves against false shepherds.
2. The greater we feed on the word the more clearly we will be able to spot a fake.
3. When you spot a fake; RUN!!!
Illustration
Illustration
Spotting Counterfeit money
1. The Good Shepherd speaks to us, and teaches us truth so that we can defend ourselves against false shepherds.
Invitation
2. The greater we feed on the word the more clearly we will be able to spot a fake.
3. When you spot a fake; RUN!!!
Invitation
Right Hand of Fellowship
Giving
The Lord’s Supper
Benediction
When the Shepherd speaks, his Sheep hear!
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