Today's verses are John 10:4-6: "'When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.  A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.'  This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them." My child, the theme of my people being my sheep and the appointing of people to be a shepherd is throughout my Word.  When I led the Israelites out of Egypt, they were my sheep and Moses was my shepherd.  Often King David saw himself as a shepherd to my flock, the Jews.  The prophets, from Isaiah to Ezekiel, saw themselves shepherds of my sheep.  This image of sheep and a shepherd should have been easily and readily understood by my listeners.

But John adds an editorial note here.  Looking back, he could see that my listeners then could not understand what I was teaching.  Their spiritual eyes were blind.  Their spiritual hearts were hardened. They could not understand what I was saying.

My child, if you are in a deep, personal, living relationship with me, you should understand this teaching.  A good shepherd knows each one of his sheep by name (verse 3) and goes before them daily to places of green grass and still waters.  They know his voice and follow him. They know he cares deeply for them and only wants their best.  They will not follow the voice of a stranger.  They don't know it or him.  In fact, they will flee from him.

I do know you.  Everything else in life is mere garbage, dung except for knowing me personally.  I know you by name!  You belong to me.  You know I have only your highest good as my desire.  I lead you daily, guiding you.  If you walk through troubled waters, I am there with you.  If you go through scorching fires, I am there with you.  You are mine!

There will be times when strangers try to lead you wrongly.  They have a voice that is not mine.  They teach a false gospel that is not from me.  They try to lead you down paths of unrighteousness that have nothing to do with my glory, my name.

If you know me, you will not follow them.  You will know it's a false voice because you know me.  If you know my words, you will desire only to obey them. You will be able to discern my voice from other false voices.

My child, if you know me, your name is written in my Book of Life!  It's engraved there, indelibly etched into its eternal pages, never to be erased!  I know you personally, by your name.  I speak to you.  I call out your name.  I am leading you every second of every day.  I love you more than you can ever imagine.

Listen to my voice and my voice alone.  Don't allow any false teacher to deceive you and wrongly lead you.

I am yours.  You are mine.

You can trust me today.