“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.(A) 2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.(B) 3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.(C) He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.(D) 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.(E) 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech,(F) but they did not understand what he was telling them.(G)
It’s worth noting, I think, that “voice” is mentioned 3x here.
- “the sheep listen to His voice”
- “his sheep follow him because they know his voice”
- “they run away from [a stranger] because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice”
He calls his sheep by name and they know his voice.
What a marked thing to note: He knows me –and my name amidst the masses of sheep! — and I know Him. I can recognize Him.
What a gift! Makes me want to be still and listen for His voice today amidst all the static.