Christians, a question about recognizing what Jesus meant in ‘the sheep and the goats’?

Feb 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Christians, a question about recognizing what Jesus meant in ‘the sheep and the goats’?

What are some of the ways goats have, that some people also have?

Where according to this parable will you find these ‘goats’, ie. these ones that are goat in nature? Finally, what is the meaning of ‘the goat’ in the Old Testament?  So then, who are these people?

We want to believe Jesus’ words, not try to veer off, and try to make them fit some philosophy that makes us feel good. 

Jesus said ‘the TRUTH makes you free’, so let us pursue truth here.

I’m interested in how you ‘hear’ this.  Your insights here?

Answer:
In the parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Jesus gives some description of this class.

Mat 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 
Mat 25:43 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. 

Hungered gave no meat–that is doesn’t understand the meat of the word

Thirsty gave no drink–not a refreshing person to be around–not a blessing.
Stranger took not in—not hospitable to the brethren.
Naked and clothed me not–Christians are given the robe of Christ’s righteousness, and we are responsible to keep that robe on and keep it clean–sometimes we get discouraged and need the help of our brethren to keep on the straight and narrow way.
sick and visited not in prison–that could be literal–we are to visit the sick, and there will come a time when our brethren are thrown in prison (happening now in other countries), and we should have sympathy for them, they could be spiritually sick and need prayers and help–yet this class is unwilling to go out of their way for them.

In the Old Testament–in the sacrifices, The Day of Atonement to be exact–there are goats used, and so goats are not necessarily bad, depending on context, but definitely have a different disposition than sheep. They are ornery and eat just about anything.

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