The Bible can be hard to understand. When I read it, sometimes it feels so far away from my everyday life. I try to relate to the stories, but many times I have nothing in my life to compare it to.
Take for instance the concept of sheep and shepherding. I have probably seen a sheep in real life maybe a dozen times. (A sheep that wasn’t on a plate with some nice potatoes and gravy anyway.) I have never herded sheep, lived with sheep, or watched people care for sheep. I have certainly never sheered sheep, or even watched a lamb being born…
So it is hard for me to relate to all of the sheep and shepherding references in the Bible. Think about this…
The church is called a “flock.” Acts 20:29
Leaders of the church are called “shepherds.” Eph 4:11
Leading a church is called “shepherding.” I Peter 5:2
Un-believers are called “Lost sheep.” Jer.50:6
False teachers are “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Matt 7:15
Jesus’ is described as “the lamb that was slain.” Rev. 5:12
In the Old Testament, the Messiah was going to come as a “shepherd”. Ezekiel 34:23 “And I will set up over them one shepherd… and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.”
Micah prophesied that Messiah would... “…shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God… Micah 5:4 (ESV)
Peter called Jesus “The Shepherd of believer’s souls” I Peter 2:25
Hebrews calls Jesus, “The Great Shepherd of the sheep.” Hebrews 13:20
That’s a lot of sheep references! But no passage talks more about sheep than John 10.