John 10:1-2 ” I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.”

Hundreds of sheep find Summer pasture high in the mountains of Idaho & Wyoming, but come October, they start the slow migration to Southern Utah where the flocks spend the Winter. Where we lived in South-Eastern Idaho was the migratory path for many flocks to travel south down through the back roads. I found it fascinating the first time I came upon a huge flock of 300-400 sheep resting in a hay field for the night. The boundary was a temporary single stretch of electric fencing with only one opening. Inside in pen were 2 Great Pyrenes dogs standing guard, the shepherd and his wagon, and a portable water tank & troughs for the sheep to drink. But what I marveled at the most, was how incredibly calm the flock was inside this makeshift sheep-pen. I really wanted to chat with the shepherd, but not surprisingly at all, the dogs refused to let me enter. In these verses, Jesus is warning us about those who scale the fence of the sheep-pen in foul play…false teachers who use deception, both openly & in secret, to steal us away from the truth. That’s because there’s only one gate…and The Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, is the only One who can enter by that way.

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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