Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Shepherds Dying for Sheep?

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11 ESV).

I like some of the comments of Leon Morris on this verse. He says that shepherds dying for the sheep “must have been a fairly rare occurrence among Palestinian shepherds. But for Jesus it is the characteristic thing.”

“[W]hen the Palestinian shepherd did die in defence [sic] of his sheep that was an accident. He planned to live for them, not die for them. With Jesus, however, death for the sheep was the set purpose.”

“Finally the death of the Palestinian shepherd meant disaster for his sheep. The death of the Good Shepherd means life for His sheep.”
--Leon Morris, The Gospel according to John, NICNT, 509-510

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Law And Grace
Scripture never, in any dispensation, mingles these two principles. Law always has a place and work distinct and wholly diverse from that of grace.
LAW ~ is God prohibiting and requiring.
GRACE + is God beseeching and bestowing.
LAW ~ Is a ministry of condemnation.
GRACE + of forgiveness.
LAW ~ curses.
GRACE + redeems from that curse.
LAW~ kills.
GRACE + makes alive.
LAW~ shuts every mouth before God.
GRACE + opens every mouth to praise Him.
LAW ~ puts a great and guilty distance between man and God.
GRACE + makes guilty man near toGod.
LAW ~ says, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth."
GRACE + says, "Resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also."
LAW ~ says, "Declare thine enemy."
GRACE + "Love your enemies, bless them that despitefully use you."
LAW ~ says "Do and live."
GRACE + "Believe and live."
LAW ~ never had a missionary.
GRACE + is to be preached to every creature.
LAW ~ utterly condemns the best man.
GRACE + freely justifies the worst (Luke 23:43; Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
LAW ~ is a system of prohibition.
GRACE + of favor.
LAW ~ stones an adulteress to death.
GRACE + says, "Neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no more."
LAW ~ Under law the sheep dies for the shepherd.
GRACE + Under grace the shepherd dies for the sheep.
(Rightly Dividing The Word OF Truth, Dr. C. I. Scofield, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey, pp. 34-35.)
--Ralph