Matthew Lesson 25 Day 4
9. When the Son of Man comes in his glory
All the holy angels will come with him. He will sit on his glorious throne. (Reads like the throne will be on earth.) All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them from one another.
The sheep nations on his right (or individuals?), and the goat nations on the left (or individuals?)
As an aside, it’s interesting that NONE of the literal and older translations insert the word “people” in verse 32. They all use the word “them” as in “and He will separate them from one another.” Them would refer back to nations. To me, that changes the meaning of the verse.
10. Commendation and condemnation
a. The sheep group
Then he says to the sheep nations on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
It makes sense that a nation would be given a kingdom. Hmmm. . .
b. The goat group
To the goat nations on his left, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the [agelong fire]* with the [false accuser]*.” *(3)
c. Jesus is a noticer.
He takes it personally when we notice the needs of others and take time and effort to help.
The righteous group cared for Jesus by doing the following for those who needed help:
giving food to the hungry
giving a drink to the thirsty
gave shelter to a stranger
gave clothing to someone in need
took care of someone who was sick
visited someone in prison
Jesus also noticed that the unrighteous group was indifferent to the needs of the afflicted.
The unrighteous failed to do the following:
They did not feed the hungry person.
They did not give a drink to the thirsty.
They did not give shelter to a stranger.
They did not give clothing to someone in need.
They did not take care of someone who was sick.
They did not visit someone in prison.
Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, without clothing, sick, or in prison?
Romans 2:7-11 Faith is like a seed. It should produce a crop of good actions. Works demonstrate compassion and love produced by a relationship with the one who loved the world so much, he proved it by sending his only son.
Romans 3:23 says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death. Therefore, if the only thing evaluated at the judgment was our actions, we would all be damned. But this verse (and hundreds of others) shows there will be mercy on those who are seeking to please God….this cannot be interpreted in a way that removes Jesus and salvation by grace through faith.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
I believe—and the questions the righteous asked Jesus support this—we are often unaware of our actions that will be rewarded. A smile, a silent prayer for someone who seems sad, an item we donated and forgot about, etc.—the things that are truly done for God may flow out of us so naturally, we are unaware of their impact.
Those in public ministry receive praise for their works, so we may feel our daily kindness to a lonely neighbor is insignificant. Only God knows if we are motivated by a desire to please Him.
James 2:14-17—The apparent contradiction between faith/grace and works causes many to teach and preach works. Thankfully, there are some who are good at explaining grace—
…faith alone does save. As John Calvin said long ago, “Faith alone saves, but saving faith is never alone.” True faith has actions. That’s the point James is making.
…just saying you believe is as useless as just telling someone in need all their needs are met. It takes more than words to solve a physical need. There need to be corresponding actions. Likewise, it takes more than just saying we believe; we have to have corresponding actions to our faith to see any tangible results. (8)
1 John 3:16-19—This passage reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13, often referred to as the love chapter. When we receive the revelation that Jesus loved us so much, He paid the price for our sins, we in turn have compassion and love to share with others. Without love, even “acts of mercy” are like the Pharisees who sounded a trumpet to attract attention before they gave money to a poor person.
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