9 July 2017 Sunday Morning Service

OT Zechariah 10 : 1 – 12
NT John 10 : 1 – 21

10:1 Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.
10:2 The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
10:3 “My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the LORD Almighty will care for his flock, the house of Judah, and make them like a proud horse in battle.
10:4 From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.
10:5 Together they will be like mighty men trampling the muddy streets in battle. Because the LORD is with them, they will fight and overthrow the horsemen.
10:6 “I will strengthen the house of Judah and save the house of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.
10:7 The Ephraimites will become like mighty men, and their hearts will be glad as with wine. Their children will see it and be joyful; their hearts will rejoice in the LORD.
10:8 I will signal for them and gather them in. Surely I will redeem them; they will be as numerous as before.
10:9 Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will return.
10:10 I will bring them back from Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon, and there will not be room enough for them.
10:11 They will pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued and all the depths of the Nile will dry up. Assyria’s pride will be brought down and Egypt’s scepter will pass away.
10:12 I will strengthen them in the LORD and in his name they will walk,” declares the LORD.

10:1 “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
10:2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.
10:3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
10:4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
10:5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
10:6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
10:7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
10:8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
10:9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
10:12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
10:13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–
10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep.
10:16 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.
10:17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again.
10:18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
10:19 At these words the Jews were again divided.
10:20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
10:21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”