The Voice of the Shepherd…
We hear the Voice of the Shepherd and we follow. We hear the voice of the hired hand and we flee pay it no never mind. When we listen and follow the Voice of the Shepherd, He guides us through our day. When we ignore the Voice of the Shepherd, the hired hand will happily speak lies and deceit that we may lose our way and get off the path of Righteousness.
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. ~John 10:11-12 NASB95
We follow the hired hand as we see the hear the roar of the crowd, the flashy scenery that captures the eye and enslaves the heart. We, blindly, move in the direction our lustful eye tells us to move. The hired hand speaks louder and we listen more intently. The Voice of the Shepherd is crying out, but it becomes more difficult to hear as we would rather ignore Him as the roar of the crowd calls louder and louder. The flash of the scenery grows brighter and brighter. We lose all contact with the Voice of the Shepherd and can be swept away into a pit of darkness. What looked like lights turned out be nothing more the flash of a searing flame.
The Voice of the Shepherd is always calling, the Still Small Voice, can be easily drown out as the hired hand continually screams about pleasure, “fun” and excitement just around the next corner. Always just around the next corner. The hired hand never leads, he is always behind pushing us.He never enters into the place as he is coward, a liar and a deceiver he already knows the fate that lies ahead. The hired hand knows all-too-well there is nothing good coming from the screams of the crowd. What we hear as screams of delight and pleasure, when they are actually screams for help, people shouting to be pulled from the crowd and groans for the Voice of the Shepherd to return.
He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. ~John 10:13-15
The sheep that hear His Voice, the Shepherd who Speaks, can make their home. The Shepherd is always waiting, always with open arms. The Shepherd will have grain for a feast and fresh hay for the sheep to rest upon. The Shepherd always calls us home, if we listen we will hear His voice. We will hear the God that speaks.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.