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The Seven “I Am’s”: The Good Shepherd

The idea of shepherding sheep was familiar to first century Israel.  It was a time-consuming, sometimes labor-intensive, sometimes hazardous, serving work.  Sheep had to be led (and sometimes carried when injured or too young to keep up), watched (for straying, … Continue reading

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The Seven “I Am’s”: The Door

 “I am the door” (John 10:7, 9).  This is figurative language.  It attracts attention, and beckons one to look closer in order to understand the point of comparison. The language is of a sheepfold (John 10:1-10 cf. Numbers 32:16; Judges … Continue reading

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Sheep v. Goats, Wheat v. Tares, Wheat v. Chaff

America has become increasingly urban. The twentieth century dawned with about 40% of the population living in urban areas and 60% living in rural areas; By 1990, it was 75% urban and 25% rural (www.pbs.org/fmc/1population.6.htm). Farmers and farm workers made … Continue reading

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