John Lesson 14 Day 3 ~ John 10:1-13 & Ezekiel 34:11-16, 30-31
5 a. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd promised in Ezekiel 34.
The good shepherd-leader loves and cares for the sheep.
- Is appointed by God.
- Feeds the sheep.
- Leads the sheep to pasture, rest, and safety.
- Tenderly cares for the sheep because he loves them and has their best interest at heart.
- Is willing to lay down his life for the sheep.
- Keeps the sheep together.
False Messiahs and bad shepherd-leaders do not love and care for the sheep.
- Are self-appointed hired hands.
- Use the sheep to serve their own interests.
- Are greedy.
- Feed themselves.
- Bully, badger, ignore and devour the sheep.
- Are unwilling to put themselves at risk to save the sheep.
- Allow the sheep to scatter, suffer, become restless, and starve.
b. God promised in Ezekiel 34, I will—
—search and find my sheep.
—be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock.
—find my sheep and rescue them from all the places they’re scattered.
—bring them back home to their own land of Israel.
—give them good, mountain pastureland. (provision)
—search for the lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again.
—bandage the injured and strengthen the weak.
—destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes—feed them justice! (MSG)
6 . John 10:9 Jesus provides our direct access to God the Father
“I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security).” (AMP)
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. (MSG)
7 . a. To avoid counterfeit “Messiah”, I keep my eyes on the one and only.
Jesus is the only one found worthy (Revelation 5:4-5) and the only way to the Father.
I must remember so I’m not fooled by imposters. Satan uses deceptions, diversions, and distractions.
Are false teachers the same as false shepherds? I think they are the same only if they claim to be another way to the Father. Like New Age or Coexist. Those two movements condemn Christianity as too exclusive. They prefer the buffet approach. Just pick what feels right.
b. Jesus alone satisfies the longing of my soul.
John 10:10 Jesus said, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” (AMG)
I can’t imagine living without His presence—without Him to turn to—without the hope He brings—without His provision and healing—without His love—without His grace.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 14 Day 3 ~ John 10:1-13 & Ezekiel 34:11-16, 30-31