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In the Gospel of John, in the tenth chapter, Jesus conveys the message of the good shepherd. In this passage, He distinguishes the difference between the shepherd, a hireling, and a thief. The shepherd’s heart is for the sheep and will defend them at the cost of his own life. An example of this can be seen both in the life of David and the life of Christ. The hireling, while being paid to do the same job, might not necessarily be willing to give all to protect them. They have no real stake in it. The thief, is obviously the one that must be watched because they prey on sheep.