Nancy Stoppe column about the voice of the Shepherd

John 10:4, “When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”

When I was young I knew the voice of my mom or dad, even in the midst of a crowd. I knew their voice and followed their advice because they were my guardians. They taught me, disciplined me, and loved me…and I knew it. I trusted and obeyed them. I knew they would only give me advice that would keep me from harm.

Jesus referred to Himself as the “Shepherd” of His sheep. Someone that took care of His flock and would risk life and limb to save just one that had gotten lost. But why did He refer to Himself as a “Shepherd” and His followers as “sheep”?

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