Sunday Morning Podcast October 1, 2017. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 25:34-45
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
This passage is about God separating us to the right hand, and to the left hand. Those who showed compassion, or not, to those in need. Jesus likens how we treat others, to how we ultimately treat Him. It’s a trigger, for the way to know where we will be found, how we see, and what we do to other people. There’s a way to know, a way to know how God will judge, that has to do with other people. Verse 34, They are already separated, not by a vengeful anger from God, but by their own negligence and attitudes towards others, placing them on God’s left. Judgement from God by what we think about others. What we think, can separate us. Verse 34; As we did to others, so we did to Christ, good or bad.
How we treat the “needy,” we liken to how we treat Jesus. What help we give is as what we did, for Him. If we gave something more than the everyday help, or not as one not even claiming to be God’s child. For the world has various “helps” for everyday needs. But a child of God has more to give of the treasures of light and love, that only can come from God. The shepherd’s duty is to judge and ensure that we are not “slumbering,” to be sure we started right, but not then to become complacent. If we are complacent, we are, as of the spiritual Laodicean church, which is known as being lukewarm. A person who has lost their burden for the unsaved. God will spew the spiritually lukewarm out of His mouth, (Revelation 3:14-17). They lost their burden for other people. This message brings “conviction” to all not measured by God’s judging of our motives and efforts, for other souls.
The world declares truth as only what they can, or cannot see. So they say God is not really real, for they cannot see Him. Conversely we know God is real by our own experience, by what He has done for us. The world is so “common” in their theory, becoming evil because they “determine” by their own small minds. They allow “truth” to be declared according to their human wisdom. Do we criticize or have mercy with others? We need a greater “identity” than what the world wants of us, (i.e. strong opinions, politics, etc.). Those are a “lost cause” for God. We need to be on the Lord’s side, and not of a man-made one. The Lord’s side is how we treat our “brother”…love and compassion for Christian and sinner alike. What have you done with, or to, my brother?
Who is our brother? What have you done towards him?