Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 3 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 has been a blessing to you. Last time we left off with the sub point The Third Reactive Question under main point III
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 3 of 3
Care to Share Matt. 25: 34-46
We see next the response from the King in verse 40 forty. “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ There is His response to the questions of the righteous sheep who cared to share. Who were those in need? Who are the least of these my brethren? Least can indicate size, amount, dignity, authority, importance, and so forth. Here it may denote humility.
Some have claimed that Jesus is referring to his literal human brothers and sisters. The word for brethren is adelphos which is a generic term that also would include sisters. Others argue that Jesus is making reference to His family of His fellow Jews. Others feel he is referring to the family of God. I think there is a special consideration of those who feel believers should care for other believers first and foremost in their charities.
The Apostle Paul admonished us to: “... not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6: 9-10). I do agree with those who want to place the needs of their fellow church members over those of the unbeliever. We see aspects of this from the disciples in the book of Acts as well.
However, I also agree with those who claim that the least of these my brethren includes any and everybody. God cares for His created people, regardless of color, race or religion. From the ministry of the Lord King we can all agree that He loved, cared for and gave His life on Calvary’s cross for all mankind. Jesus crossed racial lines, ethnic lines and religious lines to heal and help whoever was before Him. When a believer cares to share with one who is in need, he or she is caring for the Lord Jesus Christ. What an incredible thought that God is well aware of any and everything we do, for ourselves and for others.
Let’s recall how the Christian is to experience lasting Joy. J-o-y. Jesus first; others second and yourself last. Joy! Jesus – others – yourself. JOY!
The response of the King in verse 40 forty. Look at verse 41 forty-one where we will see the disturbing retribution of the regardless. Those who don’t care about others. Those who are located on the left of the King’s throne. “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels....”
The first thing we see about the regardless is they are cursed by the King. “Depart from Me, you cursed...” (emphasis mine). The King is sitting on His royal throne entering into His eternal kingdom with His righteous sheep. He has performed what only He could when separating the goats (unsaved) from the sheep (saved: blessed of the Father) and now declares that the goats depart from Him, His throne, His sheep and His kingdom. They are catastrophically cursed. Cursed: kataraomai (kä-tä-rä'-o-mī), meaning cursed, doomed and to imprecate evil upon. Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 3 of 3
It was used in the Septuagint in Numbers, chapter twenty-two where Balak the king sent for Balaam the prophet to come and pronounce a doom, a curse on the children of Israel. In Mark chapter eleven we read the story of Jesus wanting some figs from a fig tree and when there weren’t any, He cursed the tree. The next time the disciples passed the tree it was shriveled up and dead, doomed by the Lord Jesus Christ. The goats in our text are doomed because of their refusal to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ over their lives.
Just where are these goats cursed or doomed to? Not only are they cursed but they are also condemned. Look at verse 41 forty-one again. “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels...” (emphasis mine). It is sad . . . that most of mankind will end up in a place God never intended for them to be. The everlasting fire, the pit, the place of suffering, the place where the flesh-eating worms will never cease: - - - hell.
God never intended for man to spend his eternity in the everlasting fire. Hell was created by God Almighty for the final punishment for those angels who rebelled against Him under the deceptive leadership of one of the arch-angels named Lucifer. He was very powerful and very attractive. He is wrongly pictured as a little red man with horns and a pointed tail. If we were to behold Lucifer, now called satan, we would all be awe-struck with his beauty. He deceivingly influenced one-third of God’ s created angels to rebel against God and the LORD cast him and his defiant army, now named appropriately: demons, out of heaven.
Some of these were immediately cast and locked up in a punishing pit where they will not see the light of day until an appointed time of which we learn from the book of Revelation. After the final days of mankind’s history ends on earth, these defiant demons along with the deceptive devil will be cast into the lake of fire for an eternal place of suffering which Jesus refers to here as the everlasting fire prepared for them. If you spend eternity in this fire, do not blame God.
He provided the way for each and every man, woman, adult and child to spend eternity with Him and in His heavenly glory. The way is salvation from your sinful punishment by faith in His Son Jesus Christ and His redeeming work He accomplished on the cruel Roman cross of execution.
These goats on Jesus left are cursed and condemned to an eternity of suffering: the retribution of the regardless. Verses 42 & 43 forty-two and forty-three reveal the reason for the retribution. “for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’” They were ruthless and showed no regard for those who had needs and were unable to supply them. These regardless goats wouldn’t share their cooking, their covering, nor their compassion. They were the regardless who wouldn’t care to share.
The reason given for the retribution of an eternity of suffering. Let’s read verse 44 forty-four where we see the reaction of the regardless to Christ’s reasons for their retribution. ““Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’” Two things to note with their reaction. The first is their unawareness of not helping Jesus Christ with His needs. Was it in fact Jesus that was hungry, thirsty and improperly clothed? No. It was “one of the least of these”, His created people.
God wants us to care to share for others in need. These goats did not do that. They were selfish; they were all about themselves; they were greedy with the needy. They didn’t care for the hungry and they didn’t share with the homeless. Again, God watches every life. He is deeply concerned with the life of every human being He has created. When they suffer, He knows! There isn’t a homeless person sleeping in the streets that He isn’t aware of. Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 3 of 3
There’s not a child that is going to bed hungry that God isn’t aware of and is prodding people’s hearts to give in order to feed them and to calm the pain of hunger. The second thing I want us to notice is that these goats are doing something they have never done in their entire life: they are acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord. The Bible teaches that one day, every, e-v-e-r-y knee is going to bend, every head is going to bow and every human-being is going to confess to Jesus Christ that He is Lord. Jesus Christ is your Lord, My Lord, . . . their Lord.
Verses 45-46 forty-five to forty-six shows us the final response given by the King. Here is the grand finally, the Coup de grace of Jesus Christ, the King and His sheep and His goats. “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Verse 46 forty-six sums up all of human-life in just fourteen words. Fourteen words bring about the culmination of the entire history of mankind from their beginning in Genesis chapter one to the final act on the grand stage of Revelation. Fourteen words.
Jesus Christ is King of kings and LORD of Lords. He decides and determines who will be His sheep and who will be the goats. We are all going to live forever. We are created eternal beings just as the angels. We are either going to remain in our natural state of being born goats and will be separated from the rest of others and be cursed and condemned to spend eternity suffering in an everlasting fire.
Or, and this is a very significant OR, we can choose to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Lord-Savior and accept His forgiveness of sins and be reborn as one of His sheep and spend eternity in His heavenly kingdom where we will be happy, healthy and holy. The choice can be made now. Anyone can ask to be changed from a goat to a new birth to be a sheep and Jesus will answer favorably. Changed in an instant. Goats to sheep. Head butts turn into holy blats!
Care to share. If you didn’t “get” anything else out of what I am trying to say, get this one thought: care to share. Care for others and share your food-your chow, your clothing, your coverings and your compassion with those in need. And when you are trying to help out a goat (unbeliever) share your confidence in being a reborn sheep in the family of God. Witness to them about the love that Jesus Christ has for them and it is by His love that you have cared to share. Attempt to convince them into a saving faith in Jesus Christ, King of kings. Care to share. Again, because He first loved us, love (care to share with) one-another! Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 3 of 3
Bible teacher John Piper summed up this truth this way, ““Love your neighbor as yourself” is not a command to love yourself. It is a command to take your natural, already existing love of self and make it the measuring rod of your love for others. There is not a harder command in the Bible than this one.
What does it really mean? . . . It means: Want to feed the hungry as much as you want to feed yourself when you get hungry. It means: Want to find your neighbor a job as much as you are glad you have a job. Want to help your fellow student get A's as much as you want to get A's. Want to help the person stalled on the freeway as much as you are glad you are not stalled on the freeway. Want to give the poor softball player a chance to play as much as you want to play the whole game. Want to share Christ with your neighbor as much as you are glad you know Christ yourself.” [i] MKR
[i] Freed to Love, June 12, 1983, Used by permission. www.DesiringGod.org. May 17, 2017
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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.
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Care to Share | Matthew 25: 34-46 Part 3 of 3