The Good Shepherd
When and where do the events in this chapter take place?
Jesus uses three figures of speech in the first part of this section, two referring to himself. What are the three sections? Summarize what Jesus is saying in each in one line for each figure.
Who do you think Jesus is referring to in verse 8? In what way were they "thieves and robbers?"
Who are the "hired hands" in verse 12? How does the wolf "attack" and "scatter" the flock?
Explain Jesus' words in verse 16: "I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd." Pay particular attention to the emphasized parts.
The Jews disputed amongst themselves as to what Jesus was, some claiming he was "demon-possessed and raving mad" while others logically countering that argument by stating that his sayings were not those "of a man possessed by a demon". Today, many say that Jesus was a "good man" or a "gifted teacher" or "model person"? Would you agree? What logical arguments would you make to substantiate your claim?
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