December 9, 2015

Read John 10:7-10, 27-29

Farm life was not the environment I grew up in - far from it.  I was born in Miami, Florida, and the closest I ever came to being around animals was my observation of animal movements as they gyrated around a carousel.  I guess most of my knowledge of animal behavior came from God’s word.  From Genesis to Revelation, God reveals so much about animal behavior to illustrate a Biblical truth.  In these verses, God reveals an important characteristic of sheep.  They know their Master’s voice.

Imagine now, it is dusk, and the shepherd begins to call his sheep into the fold, for protection through the night.  He calls out, and immediately, his sheep recognize his voice enter into the fold where their shepherd stands watch at the gate. There is no other gate. As they enter, there is a feeling of calm security in the arms of their shepherd.

It’s just as Jesus spoke it when he said these words: “My sheep listen to my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.”

As we listen to His voice and respond to His call, we enter into the fold and the assurance of “eternal security” is our inheritance.