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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 20, 2022

The Year of our Lord, Jesus Christ

John 10:1

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

The fifteenth Verily, verily teaching of the Lord has to do with a door. Not a physical door, but rather the entryway into eternal life. Here the Lord is speaking about a shepherd entering into the sheepfold. To understand this teaching in context please read John 10:1-5. Of the myriad of things that could be written about the shepherd and the sheepfold consider one truth.

When King David wrote: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalm 23

He was prophetically speaking about Jesus. He is the Shepherd of the body, soul, and spirit. Or can be. Have you ever noticed how David personalized Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd… He is not everyone’s shepherd but He was David’s and He can be yours. If you read John 10:1-5 you learned something very special about the sheep/shepherd relationship. You learned in verses 4 and 5: And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. His sheep follow Him, they will not follow a stranger. This is why the strangers get so angry when the Lord’s sheep do not follow them. They cannot, for they do not know the strangers, but they know Him.

Jesus is the one who said in Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. He as the Shepherd stands at the door of your heart, soul, and mind, knocking. Others, false shepherds, cannot enter by the door, they have to sneak in some other way. Why? What is the significance of this? The sixteenth Verily, verily teaching will explain more. Can’t wait!

Until next time,

William T. Howe, Ph.D.

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