“They [the Law] were the shadow; He was the substance — able to remove the pollution in the human heart. It is only His perfect life of obedience and substitutionary sacrifice on the cross and subsequent regeneration of our heart that satisfies.” 
— Paul Apple


And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”


“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.” Ezekiel 34:11-16


Like Sheep without a Shepherd

"When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things." Mark 6:34

“In short, the ‘sheep-shepherd’ image shows us we are more spiritually stupid than we ever dared think (we are sheep!) but we are more valued and loved by God than we ever dared hope (he is a shepherd!).

‘See the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.’ Isaiah 40:10-11

God has arms of power, but in those arms of power he carries the lambs he loves. They are his reward! His most prized possession. Jesus draws on this amazing imagery to tell us who he is and how his heart works.” — Tim Keller