My prayer for this and every blog that I post. Is that they will either bless you personally. Stimulate you to change. Inform you as to the truths of the gospel which you may be unaware of. And get your sorry butt out of your easy chair to evangelize. And now to the crux of todays matter. Historically speaking sheep were penned outside of the town or village. This pen in olden times was known as the sheepfold. It had one gate or door leading in to it. And there was one individual posted at the door day and night. In the sheepfold there may be several if not many flocks of sheep. All of them mulling around together. There was also no branding used as there is today in many places. The shepherd was typically a hired hand by the owner. In other words they were paid to care for the sheep but had no real stake in the flock other than taking them out daily to graze. And bringing them back to the sheepfold at night.
As a paid servant they would not necessarily be willing to defend against say a wolf or some other ravenous creature should they attack the flock. They also may not be paying such close attention as they wandered around during the day. As to whether or not one of the sheep had wandered off. And now to the crux of the matter which is always Jesus and our walk with him. In the bible we are referred to as sheep. We are also named the bride of Christ. Jesus himself you may also recall is called the Lamb of God. Now for those of you who don’t know. Which is most of you. A sheep may quite possibly be the most docile and stupid member of the animal kingdom. They virtually have no defenses and zero desire to defend themselves. They can be grabbed,bitten,sheared etcetera with virtual ease by anyone and anything.
So consider if you will why Christ referred to us as sheep. And himself as well. Most know the story of the crucifixion and what led up to it. The flogging,beatings,crowning with thorns and the nailing to the cross. All of this being done willingly and with Christ putting up no fight whatsoever. The book of the prophet Isaiah chapter 53 verse 7..This was a prophetic verse referring to Christ and his death….He was oppressed and he was afflicted. Yet he did not open his mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep before her shearers is dumb. So he did not open his mouth. Now back to the sheepfold for a moment. When shepherd came to the fold in the morning. The porter would open the gate. The shepherd would then stand back at some distance and start to make their call. Each shepherds call and voice was individual. And only the sheep which were cared for by him or her would leave the fold. The others no matter how many would stay in the pen.
Until of course their shepherd came and called them. And now to the gospel of John beginning in chapter 10 verse 24…..And then the Jews came around him. And they said to him. How long will you keep us doubting? If you are the Christ tell us plainly. And then Jesus said to them. I told you and you did not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness of who I am. But you do not believe because you are not my sheep as I have told you. My sheep hear my voice and I know them. And they follow me. And I give them eternal life. And they will never perish. Neither can any man pluck them out of my hands….And now to the beginning of the same chapter 10 verse 1..Dig this dimwit.
Truly I say to you. He that does not enter into the sheepfold by the gate…but tries to climb in some other way. The same is a thief and a robber. But he that enters in by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. To him alone does the keeper open the gate. And the sheep hear his voice. And he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when his sheep come out.. he goes before them leading them. For his sheep know his voice. A stranger they will not follow. But they will flee from him. For they do not know his voice. Verse 8…All those who ever came before me are thieves and robbers. But the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. By me if any man enters. He shall be saved. And will go in and out and find pasture….And so having read this together. I will ask you this.Whos voice are you listening to? Is it your own? Is it the voice of some bogus religion? When I was in school for oriental medicine. The books that were in our curriculum which related to the history of the craft. Had dates in them such as 500 B.C.E. I remember asking the proctor…What is B.C.E.? To which she said before the common era. Satan can and will do anything and everything to keep you from recognizing Christ. In this case many of these reprobates were and are Daoist’s. They don’t want Christ and they don’t like Christ. They are immersed in and want to follow and old Chinese religion and philosophy. They want to practice karate and Tai Chi. They want to eat herbs and drink wheat grass.
And they want to treat their bodies via acupuncture and meridian work to balance their energy as they say. And they will die in their sins in the lake of fire. With Satan and his angels ripping at their undying flesh for eternity.They are not unlike you. You have your philosophy and your religion. You do and say what you want when you want to. Nobody is going to tell you how to live or what to do. Which is in fact the very foundation of Satanism. Jesus said that everyone save him is and has been a liar and a thief. He also said that those who were and are his sheep cannot and do not hear them. So if you are hearing them and doing what they say. Who exactly is it that you belong to?….Its heating up in this blog. And I am just getting warmed up myself….To be continued……