. . . . But the poor animal, not knowing the “voice of a stranger,” would not go to him. In the meantime, the other claimant, who was in an adjoining room, growing impatient, and probably suspecting the nature of what was going on, gave a kind of ‘cluck’, upon which the sheep bounded away towards him without a moments delay. This ‘cluck’ was the way in which he had been used to calling his sheep, and it was at once decided that he was the real owner. Thus we have presented to us incidentally a beautiful illustration of John 4:5 – “And the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice. And a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of a stranger.”
Should we not be thankful that if we are Christ’s own we shall recognize his call and we will not, with the help of the Spirit, be led away from our Saviour.