MY SHEEP KNOW MY VOICE
In Numbers 23:19 we read, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Here, the bible makes it clear that God does not act like man, neither limited as man. His word must come to pass. He does not sin and does not lie or repent. In the light of this scripture, we can look at an important promise he made to his sheep. He said in John 14:3, ” And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” This promise is the translation of the true believers. He made the promise and it cannot fail because he is neither man that he should lie; nor the son of man that he should repent. He has promised and surely will bring it to pass.
The Lord did not leave the responsibility of keeping this promise to anyone, but to himself. In 1st Thessalonians 4 :16 it reads, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” This is the translation, and the Lord calls his sheep by the VOICE, which they shall recognize, as it changes and translates them. But you must know the voice of the Good Shepherd.
John 10: 4-5 reads, “… the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” Verse 27 reads, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me and I give unto them eternal life.” His sheep hear his voice, recognize his voice and obey his voice. Do you ever wonder whose sheep you are by what you do? Whose voice are you hearing? My sheep hear and know my voice and a stranger will they not follow. Who are you hearing and who are you following?
Mary Magdalene wen early to the sepulcher on the third day after Jesus died on the cross. According to John 20:9-17, she met Jesus at the graveyard, but did not recognize him either physically or by voice. She thought she was talking to the gardener. She asked him, the supposed gardener, to please tell her where he had laid the body of the Lord, so that she might take him away. She did not know who it was that was talking to her. But that was the Lord himself concealing his identity from Mary. As Mary moved a little, the great compassion in Jesus Christ gave way and he called her “Mary.” Immediately, she recognized the voice and called him “Master.” Initially, Jesus hid his identity and Mary knew him not; but when Jesus Christ spoke in the voice Mary knew him by, she recognized him. My sheep know my voice. Are you sure you know the voice of the Good Shepherd? When he calls, will you be able to separate it from the voice of a stranger?
Revelations 10, talks about the voice of the seven thunders, the voice of the Lord. Will you be able to recognize the voice of the seventh angel, which is Christ incarnate in a prophet? Remember, prophet Samuel as a little boy was able to recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd when he said, ” Lord speak for your servant heareth.” The Lord said, my sheep hear and know my voice. Do you really know and hear his voice? Jesus Christ in John 5:25 said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the VOICE of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” The voice here is the key, and it is the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ himself. Even the dead shall hear and live. My sheep know my VOICE.
Exodus 23:20-22 is an interesting scripture to read especially at this end of time; because the children of Israel were on their way to the promised land, as we are today on our way to heaven, the real promised land. In both cases the VOICE was and will be an important factor, to the real sheep of the Good Shepherd. This scripture talks about obeying the voice; but you have to know the voice to be able to obey. His sheep do not obey the voice of strangers.
The voice of God, Jesus Christ the Lord is in his word first and foremost. Read Psalm 103:20, it talks about the voice of his word. The Lord before Pilate, John 18:37 said, “Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice.” To be of the truth means becoming a true believer in Jesus Christ and all that he did and promised. My sheep hear my voice because they are of the truth. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life.
Revelation 3:20 reads, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my VOICE, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” In these last days, there are many voices (1st Corinthians 14:10 ). These voices they have different meanings or significations, but the VOICE of the Lord, the Good Shepherd is clear, distinct, recognizable, and matches the scriptures. That is why his sheep know his voice. His voice is in his word.
The Lord is proud of us his sheep, and that is why he called us “my sheep.” Furthermore, he said, My sheep hear my voice, and I KNOW them, and they follow me. The question is, do you know the voice of the good shepherd? Does he know you? Do you hear him? Do you follow him? Does he call you by name (John 10:3)?
The days of the voice of the seventh angel (Revelation 10:7) are upon us now, we cannot deny it. The voice is sounding, those that have an ear to hear are hearing. The voice of the seven thunders is upon us today. My sheep hear my voice. They know my voice. I know them by name, and they follow me. Are you his sheep? Does he know your name? Can you know , hear and obey his voice?
Very soon when eternity begins, there will be no opportunity for anyone to change their destiny. Hell is real. Heaven is a sure promise. Do something now about your destiny before it becomes too late. Remember John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” My sheep know my voice. I know them; they hear my voice and follow me. I give them eternal life. Amen
by Douglas Amobi