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He Is a Thief and a Robber

January 15, 2017

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He Is a Thief and a Robber

In the Old and New Testaments,  God’s children  are called “sheep”  because they are followers  of the LORD.     Sheep are natural followers.     Throughout the history  of the Israelites,  there was a close bond  between a shepherd  and his flock  of sheep.     The shepherd guided them  to good pastures  and watering places.     As the shepherd  spent his whole days  with his sheep,  he called them  by name  and they were calmed  by the sound  of his voice.     He was the one  they followed  because they realized  that he protected them  from many dangers.

Come evening,  the shepherd had them all corralled  in a walled  and guarded pen,  so he could get some rest.     The Israelites were well acquainted  with the dedication  of the shepherd  to his sheep.     So,  Jesus said  in John 10:1-5,

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.     “But he who enters  by the door  is a shepherd  of the sheep.     To him  the doorkeeper opens,  and the sheep  hear his voice,  and he calls his own sheep  by name  and leads them out.     When he puts forth  all his own,  he goes ahead of them,  and the sheep follow him  because they know  his voice.     A stranger  they simply will not follow,  but will flee from him,  because they do not know  the voice  of strangers.     This figure of speech  Jesus spoke to them,  but they did not understand  what those things were  which He had been saying  to them.

The other day,  I spoke to a Christian  who was fleeing “a thief  and a robber”  —  false preachers,  whom she recognized as not being the “voice”  of the true “shepherd”.     She read her Bible well enough  to realize  when she was  in a church  that was not preaching  the true word  of God,  her Savior.     She knew the truth  of Jesus saying  in John 10:7,

Truly,  truly,  I say  to you,  I am the door  of the sheep.

Jesus continued  in John 10:9,

If anyone enters through Me,  he will be saved,  and will go in and out  and find pasture.     The thief comes only  to steal  and kill  and destroy;  I came  that they may have life,  and have it abundantly.

Let us not be discombobulated  and follow  the thieves and robbers.     Recognize Jesus’ voice  by studying God’s word faithfully,  so we will recognize  false preachers  of all sorts.

Thankful for Jesus’ voice  in God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for Your faithful shepherding  of our souls.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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