The Sheepfold

John 10:10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.


The sheepfold was a walled-in area in the field. It would have some form of a wall, often made of rocks or stone. It was open to the sky, with one gate and it could hold several flocks. The shepherd would guard the sheep at night and call them out  early in the morning. Thieves and robbers were very common in that day, not only in the sheepfold, but also as false Messiahs and teachers. Jesus is using this illustration of the thief to show that He is the only way to salvation and abundant living. The thief has no other plan in coming but to steal. So false teachers have no other plan than to steal and compromise the truth of God’s Word. They take, they do not give. God wants us to have abundance or abound, not in the necessities only, but also in those things which bring fulfillment. God not only wants to give us salvation, but blessings as well.  It would be a great act of mercy just to keep people from hell, but Jesus is saying that there is more, He will give them eternal joy and peace, as well as blessings of the Lord. Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. “Take therefore no thought” means do not be overly anxious or careful. An old proverb says, “Let each day’s trouble be enough for that day.” Our future falls under the constant care of God and Him alone. Sometimes we intrude upon His rights and attempt to keep ourselves secure. We rely upon ourselves and our strength and not upon God alone. Let’s just do what God requires of us, and trust the results to His care, because no one but God controls the future and all its cares. Let us enter the sheepfold and trust in the shepherd to keep us safe and secure, to protect us from the thieves and robbers that would take our blessings.