John 10:1-6 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. "But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. "When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. "And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers." This figure of speech Yeshua (Jesus) spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.
The sheep were kept in a pen. A doorkeeper would station himself at the door to keep out thieves and also wild animals. The shepherd would enter through the door; only some one up to no good would attempt to enter another way.
Middle Eastern shepherds would stand outside the pen and call their sheep. Just as your dog knows your voice and (hopefully) comes when you call, the sheep also come when their shepherd calls them. In the west ranchers herd the animals and drive them from behind. In the Middle East the shepherds go before the sheep and calling to them and they follow Him. Yeshua is our shepherd and we, His talmidim (followers), are to follow His example.
In verse 7 Yeshua said, “I AM” …the door.
Many of the “I AM”, statements made by Yeshua. He finished the sentence of the self-sustaining and always existing one. Only He alone had the authority to do so. This requires trusting on our parts. Do you trust faithfully in the good shepherd?
Not only is Yeshua the shepherd of the flock He is the door (dalet). Sometimes the shepherd would use a cave for shelter for his flock. Now a cave does not have a door or gate. So the shepherd would use his body as the door of the cave. He would lie down across the entrance and stop any one from entering the cave and harming his sheep.
In verse 11 Yeshua said, “I AM” …the good shepherd.
John 10:7-11"Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly. "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Here Yeshua tells us that it is ONLY through belief in Him that there is eternal life. Many have come and will come claiming there are different ways to heaven. Yeshua plainly tells us that they are thieves and robbers. They are trying to rob mankind of eternal life by feeding them lies.
He lays down His life for the sheep. This is a reference to Yeshua’s substitutionary death for sinners on the execution stake.
John 10:12-15 "He who is a hireling, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, beholds the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and scatters them. "He flees because he is a hireling, and is not concerned about the sheep. "I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
He laid down His life Himself. Man did not offer him. The Father sent Him and He came willingly. Those that know Him will trust Him those that don’t will flee and still will be judged by the rod of His mouth.
Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked.
Ps 95 O come, let us sing unto YHWH: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. For YHWH is a great G-d, and a great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is His also. The sea is His, and He made it: and His hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the L-RD our maker. For He is our G-d; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. To day if you will hear His voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I swore in my wrath that they should not enter into My rest.
John 10:16 "And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they shall hear My voice; and they shall become one flock with one shepherd.
Salvation was not only offered to Israel only. It only came to the Jews first, yet Gentiles are on equal ground. He came so we all could have more life. The scepter has left Israel the moment of the arrival of the Messiah (Man of rest or peace). (Gen. 49:10)
John 10:17-18 "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."
He can lay it down and He can take it up again. The resurrection.
He does what the Father commands. He was the right hand of G-d, which is also the meaning of Yod, the tenth Hebrew letter. It is also a metaphysical or divine letter. He laid down His life. He took it up AGAIN.
So Yeshua went ahead of us to fulfill the law, so He can also accomplish it in us. And He is inside our hearts now to bring our love to completion. This door is open today,
John 10:9-10 "I am the door; if someone enters through Me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture...I have come so that they may have life, life in its full measure.
And one cannot see with visible signs; nor will people be able to say, look! Here it is! Or, 'over there! Because you see, the Kingdom of G-d is among you." It is inside you. His Spirit only solves the constant struggle with sin.
In Luke 11:9-10 we read:
"Moreover, I myself say to you: keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who goes on asking receives; and he who goes on seeking finds; and to him who continues knocking, the door will be opened."
This verse is not only talking about earthly things, but the gift of the Spirit to conquer sin in our lives. As the verse continues with:
Luke 11:13 “...even though you are bad...how much more will the Father keep giving Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) from heaven to those who keep asking Him."
There is a lot of symbolism in this door. Yeshua was crucified on this tree, made of wood, to represent He is this door. (John 10:7) The pounding of the nails is the same sound of Him knocking, and knocking for someone to answer. Who wants to accept me to come into their hearts, to dine, so that I can help fulfill the law in them until the new Kingdom is here? Where He will heal you from all sin. And sin will be no more.
As you know the law was set on stone tablets. Have you ever noticed when these stones are placed together they look like two doors. Well these doors where sealed shut. And because of the law-required perfection, no one could open them. They were unmovable. Well a seal (law) could only be given or opened by the King.
Pilate said to them, "You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how." And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone."
But, even though the stone was sealed and unmovable, the door was opened by G-d causing an earthquake to represent this unmovable law.
Suddenly there was violent earthquake, for an angel of Adonai came down from heaven, rolled away the stone and sat on it.
One can be raised, like Him on the third day where the stone (door) is opened to the new Kingdom. This stone also represents the law. And it is sat upon in:
An angel of the L-rd came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.
The sting of death from breaking the law cannot hurt us once we accept Him and are sealed by Ruach HaKodesh(the Holy Spirit). This seal is given to Cain after the death of his brother Abel. Abel represented Yeshua' in that he died. Cain afterward received a mark on his forehead and Cain said, "it is more than I can bear." And this is true of the law today. That is why there was a sacrifice. Today there are no offerings except the willing offering of the Son. His work fulfilled the law.
Heb 12:20-24 "for they couldn't bear what was being commanded them, "If even a beast touches the mountain, it is to be stoned to death" No one can reach the law or G-d by themselves. For you have not come to a tangible mountain, to an ignited fire, to darkness, to murk, to a whirlwind, to the sound of a shofar, and to a voice whose words made the hearers beg no further message be given to them. On the contrary, you have come to Mount Zion, that is, the city of the living G-d, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly; to a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is G-d of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal; to the mediator of a new covenant portion, Yeshua'; and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better things than that of Hevel.
Remember your leaders, those who spoke G-d's message to you. Reflect on the results of their way of life, and imitate their trust-Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Christ) is the same yesterday, today, and forever.