Recently on social media, a lot of bad comments have been made about sheep, some have been called sheep in a derogatory manner, and some have been told to quit being like sheep. We now have the word “Sheeple” in our vocabulary. One online dictionary defines “Sheeple” in these words: “DEROGATORY NOUN: people compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led. Example: ‘by the time the sheeple wake up and try to change things, it will be too late'”
In the Gospel of John, we find two types of sheep: those who hear the voice of Jesus and follow Him and those who do not hear the voice of Jesus because they are not His sheep. The Bible sometimes talks about separating the sheep from the goats. It is no accident that the devil is sometimes depicted as a goat-headed figure. Some have the Good Shepherd, Jesus, as their Leader, and some sheep do not. Keeping these things in mind, think about:
Seven Gifts for Jesus’ Sheep
In John 10:27-28, we read these words of Jesus:
“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”
What makes Jesus’ sheep different from other sheep? First, Jesus’ sheep believe in and believe Jesus. Some claim to believe in Jesus, but they do not indicate by their actions that they believe Jesus. They do not believe all His promises, or they disregard some of His commands. Second, those who believe Jesus hear His voice. As they pray and read the Bible, they hear Jesus speaking to them as the Holy Spirit gives them understanding of the Bible’s teachings. They hear and believe the Word of God. Third, Jesus knows His sheep and Jesus knows those who are not His sheep. Jesus told some of the religious leaders that they did not believe Him because they did not belong to His sheep. Fourth, because Jesus and His sheep know one another, Jesus’ sheep follow (obey) Jesus wherever He leads, and He always leads according to the Bible. Fifth, Jesus gives His sheep eternal life, a God-given quality of life in this world that will last throughout eternity. The gift of eternal life transforms believers into new people who love God and others. Sixth, Jesus’ sheep will never perish. They may suffer afflictions, diseases, persecutions, and physical death, but they will not perish. They cannot die spiritually but will live as Jesus’ sheep forever. Seventh, no one will be able to snatch Jesus’ sheep out the Father’s hand or Jesus’ hand. Jesus has a firm grip on those He loves and those who love Him. If one of Jesus’ sheep stray, He will find them and bring them home.
The International Bible Lesson for August 16, 2020 from the International Bible Study Commentary for August 16, 2020 (available on August 9. 2020).