This passage is figurative. (John 10:6) There are 8 components of the extended metaphor in this section: The shepherd is the caretaker and owner of the sheep. The sheep (flock) are the animals that the shepherd loves and cares for. The thief is the one who tries to steal the sheep away from their rightful owner, the watchman is the one who opens the gate only for the shepherd, the hired hand watches the sheep, but lacks the dedication of the shepherd. The wolf is a predator that terrorizes kills and scatters the flock, and the sheep pen is the protective enclosure in which the flock is kept for safety during the night.
He begins in 1-6 with the thief; the thief[ enters]
- The Life Project. 2016. The Good Shepherd | The Life Project. [ONLINE] Available at:https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/the-good-shepherd-2/. [Accessed 06 October 2016].