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David’s Protection of the Lambs

From an early age, David was tasked with watching and caring for the sheep of his father’s flock. He had to care for their basic needs as well as protect them through the many dangers from which they could not protect themselves. The first mention of David caring for the sheep is found in 1 […]

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The Horn and the Oil

The heat of summer beat down on the high mountain meadow where the sheep grazed beneath the sharp eye of their Shepherd. Each night, he herded them into the corner of the meadow where a low, stone fence had been constructed. But with the heat also came the flies and other biting bugs. The sheep […]

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The Tablelands

Early in the spring, before the Shepherd led his flocks from their lowlands pastures and before their long trek through the dark valley, the Shepherd walked the path up the valley by himself. All alone, the Shepherd slowly walked over every inch of ground. Every so often, he stooped and pulled out a plant that […]

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The Shepherd’s Rod and Staff

The young sheep trudged up the dark valley. The other sheep told him they were going toward a mountain pasture with lush, green grass, but his hooves ached so much that he wanted to stop right there and never move again. Why did the journey have to be so long? It was a nice enough […]

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The Hungry Sheep

The sheep’s stomach rumbled. It wasn’t a gentle, almost hungry rumble, but a growling, twisting rumble that shook the sheep’s body. He needed to find something to eat. He trotted into the windswept hills and looked for something to eat. All around him, dust blew into the air. The little tuffs of grass were all […]

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The Stubborn Sheep

One dark night, the stubborn sheep decided he didn’t want to do what the shepherd told him to do anymore. So, the stubborn sheep crawled under the fence and started running away from the pasture. He could hear the shepherd calling him, but the stubborn sheep kept running. The ground under the stubborn sheep’s hooves […]

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Hearing Our Great Shepherd

What a thought! My sheep hear my voice. There are no sweeter words in the whole world. Such a rich voice with words of comfort, love, and rebuke. Jesus himself tells us that he is our Shepherd and that we hear his voice. Let us study this voice of Christ, our great Shepherd. In doing […]

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Faithful Shepherds of the Flock

Christ, by means of His church, sent a shepherd to a flock of sheep with the command “feed my sheep.” Each Lord’s day the shepherd faithfully led the sheep to the green pastures to feed. The shepherd had been carefully trained to discern grass that would nourish God’s sheep from the grass and weeds that […]

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Sheep

We have sheep. Every year in January we have to shear them. The sheep do not like it, but I do. This makes me think of what the Bible tells us about sheep. At sheep shearing when the sheep is flipped down it is under control of the man who is shearing and does not […]

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The Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”  John 10:11 In this passage from the gospel of John, Jesus is addressing the Jews and is stressing the truth that He is the Messiah. The promised Messiah had come and this is He, Jesus of Nazareth. As the Messiah Jesus […]

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Laying Down His Life For the Sheep

“and I lay down my life for the sheep” John 10:15b   Of course He does!  For many glorious reasons. “I am the good shepherd,” so He speaks in the preceding verse, “and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”  He knows, recognizes and acknowledges them as His own; and they know, recognize and […]

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Question Box

Question: If Christ was in the grave only a part of three days, approximately 36 hours, how can we explain Matt. 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” The three days […]

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The Sheepfold

Dear Editor of the Question Box Depart­ment: I would like to ask you a few things about that beautiful and rich passage of Scripture, namely, John 10, where our Lord appears under the figure of The Good Shepherd. To what do you understand the “sheepfold” of verse 1 to refer? If that is understood to […]

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John 9:26 – 10:42

LESSON XXXI. The Spiritual Blind Man Sees (John 9:26-41) The Jews and the Man Born Blind, vss. 26-34. In vs. 25 the man born blind once more emphasizes that once he was blind but now he sees. That simply is a fact. So the Jews are back where they were be­fore and as utterly helpless. […]

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