The Good Shepherd and Other Parables
Interwoven Gospels

First Parable: The Sheepfold, John 10:1-6

Verily, verily, I say to you: He that entereth not through the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up from another place, that man is a thief and a robber; but he that entereth in through the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper openeth; and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. When he hath driven out all his own sheep, he goeth before them; and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. But a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him; because they do not know the voice of strangers." This parable spake Jesus to them; but they did not understand what those things meant that He spake to them.

Second Parable: The Gate, John 10:7-10

Jesus, therefore, said to them again, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the Door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the Door. By Me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved; and he shall go in and go out, and shall find pasture. The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly."

Third Parable: The Good Shepherd, John 10:11-18

"I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd layeth down His life for the sheep. But the hired-servant, who is not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep and fleeth, because he is a hireling, and careth not for the sheep: and the wolf seizeth them and scattereth them. I am the Good Shepherd; and I know those that are Mine, and those that are Mine know Me, even as the Father knoweth Me and I know the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold. Them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice: and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd. Therefore the Father loveth Me, because I lay down My life, that I may take it again. No one taketh it away from Me, but I lay it down of Myself, I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again: this commandment I received from My Father,"

Historical Conclusion: John 10:19-21

Again there arose a division among the Jews because of these words. Now many of them said, "He hath a demon and is mad: why listen to Him?" Others said, "These are not the sayings of one possessed with a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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