The God We Can Know Session 4 - Knowing God's Care (Digital Video Download)

"I Am the Good Shepherd"

Rob Fuquay

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  • 5/1/2016
  • V104
  • Digital Video Download

Overview

This video segment begins in a sheep pen as Rob Fuquay talks about shepherding. Shepherds have been around for at least 6,000 years, he says. In Jesus' day, shepherds sometimes rented a safe place to keep their sheep at night, in an enclosure with a locked gate. Often several flocks of sheep were kept in the same enclosure. This setting brings life to Jesus' words "I am the good shepherd" and "I am the door and gate of the sheep."

We travel out to the countryside, where Fuquay remarks that shepherding was hard, dangerous work. Shepherds had to keep sheep on the move to keep them from overgrazing any one area, and this made them vulnerable to attacks. We see Qumran, the site where a shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. This site is a good place to think about Jesus' image "I am the door to the sheep," Fuquay says.

The video winds up at the Lions Gate, the oldest gate in the wall around Jerusalem. In the time when Nehemiah rebuilt the temple, this was called the Sheep's Gate because it was the gate through which sheep were brought into the Temple for sacrifice.

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