I am not sure how much sheep can learn. They are said to be pretty dumb. But apparently that could change for 15 lucky sheep who were recently enrolled in school! Classes were at risk of closing due to a lack of students in a small village of four thousand in Crêts en Belledonne, France. In an effort to keep the classes open, a local shepherd registered fifteen of his sheep, providing birth certificates and names! Now with increase enrollment the concerned parents could assert their rights and save the classes!
Sheep do not know very much. But today’s verse points out one thing sheep know very well and that is the voice of their shepherd. Others may try to call to them to follow but unless it is the voice of their shepherd, they pay them no mind (verse 5). Those sheep that belong to the Good Shepherd know and recognize His voice and follow Him. With His voice He leads, guides and protects from danger. It is a trustworthy voice.
Not only is the Lord’s voice recognizable but He calls each sheep by name! (verse 3) And when He speaks to me, I will know it is Him. He will never say anything in opposition to what He has already said in His Word, the Bible. His voice does not condemn as he has already laid down His life as payment for my sin. His voice will never accuse or tear down. His words are full of love, even when He says something difficult to hear. His voice is soft and tender as He draws me closer to Himself.
Lord, please let me hear Your voice today.