The Door That Leads to Life (3 of 4) by Joe Alain

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The Door That Leads to Life (3 of 4)
Series: I Am
Joe Alain
John 10:1-10 (Focal Verse, 9)

One of the most common occurrences of our daily life is going in and out of various doors. Just think of how many doors we go through in a day and we really don't give much thought to it. Just today you probably went through a bedroom door, a bathroom door, maybe a closet door, your front door, or garage door, then your car door. And that's just before you left the house. Then when you arrived at church you exited your car through the car door, you entered the church through the foyer door, you walked through the sanctuary door and here you are. And when you leave you will go through all of those doors again.

Doors come in all shapes and sizes. There are wooden doors and glass doors, there are elaborate cathedral doors and colorful doors. Some doors are locked while other doors are opened. Some doors even take you to special places. In John 10:9 (also in verse 7), Jesus said that He was "the door." He obviously meant a different kind of door than a literal door. Furthermore, he said, "If anyone enters by Me [i.e., this door], he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture." This verse has to do with Jesus being "the door," but what do doors have to do with shepherds and pastures, which we also find in this larger passage (vv.1-10?

Sheep and shepherds were very important in Israel. Sheep were mainly used for wool rather than food in Israel. This explains why the shepherd would name his sheep. It's not a good idea to name animals you plan on eating. But animals that are going to be around for awhile you name. The special relationship between the shepherd and his sheep explains how the sheep would also know the voice of their shepherd and would not follow a stranger. Sheep would be startled by a stranger's voice and run off. Every once in a while the shepherd would call his sheep just to let them know that he was nearby. God our Shepherd does that for ...

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