SHEPHERD AND THE SHEEP
Read Luke 15:1-7
I. The Shepherd seeks and finds the
salvation referred to in the context of this parable is personnel and
individual, not national (as is the case in some passages). Jesus was directly
answering the self-righteous Pharisees who murmured because He received
sinners; that is individual sinners of the Jewish people in particular.
2. It is clear from this passage that it is the Shepherd
that does seeking of the sheep. Even if
the sheep were to seek the Shepherd, because they are helpless creatures, all
their seeking would be vain. Salvation is by sovereign grace because the lost
sheep are totally powerless to aid the Shepherd in saving their souls.
3. The Shepherd seeks His sheep in the most
destitute and desolate places. We want
to travel with the Shepherd this evening to some of these lower parts of the
earth where He typically finds His lost sheep.
A. The land of sensual pleasure.
The woman of Samaria- John 4:4-26
The woman caught in adultery- John 8:1-11
The sinner woman- Luke 7:36-39
B. The land of political corruption.
(Matthew) and his friends- Mark 2:14-17
- Luke 19:1-8
C. The land of infirmity.
woman with the issue of blood- Matt 9:20-22
Nobleman- John 4:46-53
D. The land of the Godless heathen.
Syrophenician woman- Mark 7:24-30
E. The land of demonic possession.
Magdalene- Mark 5:1-20
F. The land of Religious darkness.
of Tarsus- Acts 9:1-6
II. The Shepherd
carries the sheep.
sheep doesn't carry the Shepherd, as the Arminians believe.
caries the sheep all the way to the fold.
III. There is
great rejoicing over one sheep that is rescued.
angels in heaven rejoice.
Preached by Pastor Burke at the Faith Baptist Church of Lawtey, Fl)