Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I do not think that word means what you think it means

I'm reading John 10 this morning in my Bible reading plan.  John 10:10 says, "The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy."  The "thief" is satan, right?  (insert awkward pause here)

I don't think so.  Read the whole chapter.  Read Chapter 9 before it.  None of it is talking about satan.  Jesus is comparing himself to other leaders - probably Pharisees - (thieves) who were not shepherds of the people.  I could be wrong and you can let me know if you think I am.  In fact, set me straight if I'm going off track here.

But, man, it looks obvious to me this morning.  I've heard whole sermons on how the thief is satan and his 3-part job description is to steal, kill and destroy.  I've even taught it to people before.  I feel ashamed and humbled.  I also feel grateful to have access to God's Word and for the fact that I'm still learning it.

What is God teaching you as you read His Word lately?


Joe Cook said...

Pastor Jason,

I love your spirit man. Keep searching.

Jason Fitch said...

Thanks Joe. We should get together sometime. Let me know if you ever have some free time. Maybe I can buy you a cup of coffee or something.

Ken said...

Jason, I don't think you are off track at all. In fact, it seems more more like you have it "spot on." Jesus says he is the original Shepherd, as well as the gate that any other shepherds will come through to lead the people (er, sheep). Anyone else attempting to lead the flock is a thief.