“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1
Most of us probably don’t know that much about shepherds or sheep for that matter but it is imagery constantly used in Scripture regarding the Christian relationship to Jesus.
Sheep are helpless and the shepherd leads them. A shepherd doesn’t drive his sheep from behind he leads them from the front.
The Eastern shepherd would check his sheep for wounds daily and dress them. He lead His sheep to water, Psalm 23 and Jesus is the water of life, John 4:10.
Psalm 23 gives us the basic understanding of how the shepherd cares for the sheep.
Psalm 23 NKJV “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
Jesus, in John 10:1-30 explains that He is the shepherd and those that belong to Him know Him and will not follow another.
In the midst of any discussion on temptation and sin, I think we would do well to remember our shepherd. Jesus said His sheep know His voice and another they will not follow. This entire portion of Scripture is about salvation. It is not talking about hearing the voice of God. Jesus is saying His sheep know Him and they will not follow another.
How do we know His voice after salvation? Through His written word. We know our shepherd through the Scriptures. We are lead by the Spirit in the Scriptures. Know The Shepherd. Follow the Shepherd and the Shepherd will keep you from sin.