John 10:1-6 :: “Voice”

“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) The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.(B) 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) 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) But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech,(F) but they did not understand what he was telling them.(G)

Voice.

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.

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