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The Shepherd's Voice
by Wayne Blank
"they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd
Many well-known people of the Bible were shepherds, including David, Abraham, Jacob, Rachel and Moses - among many others (see Bible History). Jesus Christ also referred to Himself as a shepherd, not only because He came as the "Lamb of God," but because of the strong similarities in how both kinds of shepherds have the responsibility to care for and defend their flock from the "wolves" that constantly seek to prey upon them.
"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. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 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. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them."
Fact Finder: Which of Christ's "sheep" will be gathered unto Him at His return? Which of His sheep will be gathered unto Him later?