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Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 2 of 3

Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 2 of 3

We are currently embarking on a three part study of Jesus' words found in Matthew 25: 34-46 from the message entitled "Care to Share." Below is the outline we are working from. I hope this study will be a blessing to you. Last time we left off with the sub point The caring shared their cups with the King under main point II

Care to Share Matt. 25: 34-46

I) The Reward for the Righteous, vs. 34

A) The time of the reward, vs. 34a

B) The terms of the reward, vs. 34b

C) The treasure of the reward, vs. 34c

II) The Reason for the Reward, vs. 35-36

A) The caring shared chow with the King, vs. 35a

B) The caring shared cups with the King, vs. 35b

C) The caring shared covering with the King, vs. 35c

D) The caring shared clothing with the King, vs. 36a

E) The caring shared concern with the King, vs. 36b

F) The caring shared compassion with the King, vs. 36a

III) The Reaction from the Righteous, vs. 37-39

A) The first reactive question, vs. 37

B) The second reactive question, vs. 38

C) The third reactive question, vs. 39

IV) The Response from the King, vs. 40

A) The response is an answer, vs. 40a

B) The response is an analogy, vs. 40b

V) The Retribution of the Regardless, vs. 41

A) The regardless are cursed, vs. 41a-b

B) The regardless are condemned, vs. 41c; 46a

VI) The Reason for their Retribution, vs. 42-43

VII) The Reaction of the Regardless, vs. 44

VIII) The Response from the King, Vs 45-46

Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 2 of 3

Care to Share Matt. 25: 34-46

Chow, cups and then notice these righteous sheep also shared their covering or housing with the King. Verse 35 thirty-five: “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in... (emphasis mine). They cared to share their hospitality with the King. Taking care of the needy has always been on the heart of Almighty God. In response to the meaningless fasting of the rebellious Jews, through the prophet Isaiah, God asks, “Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh” (Is. 58: 6-7)?

God wants His children to be hospitable to others. Hospitality literally means “to be a friend to strangers.” We use the word in a more limited sense to mean “to be generous to guests.” Actually, in the ancient Hebrew culture being hospitable was a common and expected practice, especially toward travelers, for restaurants and hotels could not be found at every interchange.

There wasn’t any Motel 8’s or Holiday Inn’s at this time. When traveling from place to place one would be at the mercy of town’s folk which they were traveling through for their willingness to take them in and fulfill their needs for clean baths, food to eat and a warm place to sleep. Hence, I was a stranger and you took Me in.

The word means more than just someone not known but usually referred to a foreigner. Such an individual might be a traveler who needed care for the night or a resident alien who had not yet accrued the rights and privileges reserved for citizens. Hence, I was a stranger and you took Me in. They shared their covering with the King. Next, we learn that they also cared to share their clothing with Him as well. Verse 35 thirty-five, for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me... (emphasis mine).

The word Jesus used for being naked could mean being actually naked. However, it was usually used in referring to inept or inadequate clothing, such as not having a jacket for the rain or a warm coat against the winter elements. It also implies being ill clad of the proper clothing. The individual might not have work boots for his job or she might need a new pair of shoes for church. You get the idea. These righteous sheep were caring enough to share clothing with the King. They saw a need and met it without expecting anything in return. They were blessed of the heavenly Father with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies and willingly shared. Care to share.

These sheep cared to share their chow, their cups, their covering and their clothing with the King of the kingdom they were to inherit. These folks shared their concern with Him. Look at verse 36 thirty-six, “I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me... (emphasis mine). The word Jesus used for sick implies an extreme illness. James used this same word when encouraging the sick church member to call for the elders of their church to come and pray over them anointing them in the name of the LORD (James 5: 14-15). Sick: astheneō: The word was used in reference to the Centurion’s servant who was sick and about to die (Luke 7).

Again we find its’ usage referring to an officer’s son who was on his deathbed (John 4: 46), of Lazarus whose sickness did result in death (John 11), of Tabitha in Joppa where she died and was raised to life by the Lord via Simon Peter (Acts 9), and again in Philemon chapter two concerning Epaphroditus where the Apostle Paul stated, “For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow” (vs. 26-27).

Jesus isn’t talking about a common cold here. He is talking serious illness, serious enough to take the strength of one’s physical being from them. Cancer, . . . heart failure, . . . back problems, . . . extended hospital stays, . . . nursing homes, . . . convalescents. Calling them; sending them cards; letting them know they are not forgotten; informing them of your sincerest prayers, taking them a meal. Sharing concern with them. Caring enough to share enough: care to share!

We might add widows and orphans to the list as well. James, the half-brother of Jesus the King used this same word for visiting, caring and sharing with others, namely the orphans and the widows. “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1: 27). We are to care enough about others to share our concern with them.

Paul reminds us that we are to care to share in his letter to the Philippian believers in chapter two. “Therefore, if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (vs. 1-4, emphasis mine).

Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 2 of 3

These sheep shared their concern with the King and then we see they also shared their compassion as well. Verse 36 thirty-six again, “I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me (emphasis mine). Many folks will tell you that lying in a hospital bed in a nursing home leaves one feeling like they have been abandoned and left alone . . . isolated from friends and family. These well-intentioned folks need to talk with those of our society that are behind bars, living in cages called cells.

There are a few caring folks in every church that will visit patients in the hospital and the lonely filled nursing homes. However, that number dwindles down to mostly zero who will visit prisoners in prison. That was true in Jesus’ day and for ours as well. No one likes to go to jail. There are very few who want to go near a prison and that number usually is limited to just the warden and the guards!

Charles Colson was one of President Richard Nixon’s hatchet men on his staff and became one of the fall guys from Watergate and was sentenced to prison. Jesus introduced Himself to Mr. Colson in that prison. After experiencing the different difficulties of prison life, Charles began what has become one of the most successful prison ministries of our time. Jesus Christ has compassion on all mankind. This includes those that are on the outside of those prison walls and fences and those who are locked up on the inside as well. Jesus promises a reward to the righteous sheep and then gives them the reason for their reward. This being due to their care and love for others.

It was promised because they cared to share. They shared their chow, their cups, their covering, their clothing, their concern and their compassion with the King even though they didn’t realize the significance of it all. Let’s study verses 37-39 thirty-seven through thirty-nine to see the reaction of the righteous to the Lord’s reasoning.  “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’”

Notice now the reference to them as the righteous. They were righteous because of the salvation extended to them by the grace and favor of God blessing them through His Son. Herschel Hobbs, a wise theologian who supplies a great deal of commentary to the Life Way group had this to say about the righteous in this verse. “In verse 37, those to whom the King spoke are finally identified as the righteous. The righteous are those who “act right.” The term is used to refer to those whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will and Word of God. The standard for what is right is God alone. In fact, our personal righteousness is not righteous at all.

The prophet Isaiah declared “all our righteousness are as filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). Believers obtained the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:21-26). Thus, to be called the righteous is to acknowledge they were in right relationship with God.”[i]  They hadn’t a clue what the King was insinuating. They had never seen the King. They really wouldn’t know what He looked like even when standing right in front of them.

They, as we, have seen some artist renditions of what Jesus looks like. It’s a funny thing about the renditions of Christ and His appearance. He is a white Jesus in our white churches; a black Jesus in black churches and a brown Jesus in the Hispanic churches. The description that the elder John gives of Him in the beginning of the book of Revelation doesn’t match any of the three! Would you or I know if we had an interaction with the living Christ if He wished to remain anonymous to us? I think not, do you agree?

They reacted to Him by doubting the authenticity of His reasoning. They had serious concerns of where, when and how did they share these things with Jesus Christ, their Lord and King. They reacted with asking three questions as to the when’s of their caring for Jesus their King. I think the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ for the most part feels this way today. I don’t think it truly registers in the hearts and minds of each church member that what they do for others, they are in reality doing by, for and to Jesus Christ. Their reaction to His reasoning would be that of us today!

Notice they address Him as Lord. Lord: kyrios, meaning lord or master. The King, Jesus Christ is also Lord & Master. He is LORD of lords and rightly acknowledged as King of kings. He is the lamb that was slain and the lion Who will reign. The Son of man and the Son of God. We’ll come back to this thought when we look at the reaction of the goats which were separated from the sheep and placed at the left of His throne. Suffice it say for now, the reaction of the righteous was questionable and doubtful of when they cared for their King. Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 2 of 3

[i] Herschel H. Hobbs, Herschel Hobbs Commentary, Spring 2017, LifeWay Christian Resources (Nashville Tenn., 2017), 125.

This has been part two of a series of studies from Matthew 25: 34-46 from my message entitled "Care to Share." Please check out my new book entitled, “Letters of Divine Revelation from an Old Man in Prison”. The book is available from Amazon in paperback and in an E-Book form from Amazon Kindle. It is a commentary on the seven churches from chapters two and three from the book of Revelation. I hope you find it inspiring and helpful with your walk with Jesus. Let’s go to church this Sunday. These are certainly troubling and uncertain times that we live in. From the ever growing national debt, to corrupt, lying, greedy politicians, extremist’s terrorists, fake news, slipping moralities to God only knows what will be next.

This great nation of ours is on a speeding train of moral declination. The train is on a track to degradation and she is picking up steam: fast! Ole Uncle Sam needs a revival. From the president and his administration in the White house right down to the kid behind the counter at Walmart. Our country needs a fresh awakening from the Holy Spirit of God. America needs an outpouring of the Holy Ghost as was experienced by the first century Church.

Come join our pastor, our church and me in praying for revival. Won’t you join me today and start by carrying ourselves and our loved ones to church. I need church, you need church, your family needs the church. All God’s people need the Church! If you are in the Clay county area of North Florida come worship with us at Harbor Baptist church located on the corner of Clay Street (1120) & US Hwy 17, Fleming Island, FL. We are located just to the right of Corky Bell’s Seafood restaurant. Morning worship is at 10:30 and we meet Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.

Better yet, come join our group for Bible study with the adults. I lead the adult class entitled: “Harbor Haven, for pairs and spares”. (For couples and singles) We meet @ 9:14 in the main room of the education building. This is the building located right next to the church. We would love for you to come and fellowship with us around the Word of God. And feel free to bring a guest. Whether you attend the worship service or choose not to, we hope to see you for Bible study!
We pride ourselves with being a smaller church with the big difference. I don’t believe you will find another fellowship of believers who have a greater love for God and as a result of His love for us, we have love for one another. You’ll find me and my family there, come visit, both you and our church will be glad that you did!

I am happy to speak on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ in the North Florida area. I am a conservative and evangelical teacher whose doctrinal beliefs align with those of the Southern Baptist Convention. My doctrinal views are listed in the menu section of this site. If your pastor is sick, has a sudden emergency or needs a vacation, I am happy to fill in for him. You can contact me by email at: michaelrosenbarker@gmail.com

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