Dec. 28, 2005
The Sheep and the Goats
I look around me and I see the lost souls, who are busily wrecking their lives, blinded by their sin and their
selfishness. They can't seem to see or don't care about the effects of their actions on those they love, the little innocents
who have no say so in what is done but are very much affected. I look at little children around me that I don't even know
and wonder-where will they spend eternity? Is there someone in their family to pray for them? Do they have anybody who will
lift them up to the throne of grace for mercy? It must surely hurt the heart of God to see such misery in people's lives as
they busily go about seeking satisfaction that will never be found outside of Himself. And the devil that is all too real
has blinded them who are lost to the truth. So much so that without the conviction and Spirit of God on them they cannot see
the truth. I was reading in Isaiah 58, just glanced down at these scriptures tonight in church, and I have studied them in
depth before. But tonight I saw something new I hadn't then. And it stopped me cold. I wondered.
Here are the verses I was referring to:
Isa 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens,
and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Isa 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the
naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
I know God cannot lie. I have read and researched this scripture, I have dug into the meaning of all the words that are
prominent, studied every nuance of them, seeking understanding on why is fasting so important? What does it possibly accomplish
to deny my body the food it needs to survive? Well, anybody can look at me and tell I haven't been doing nearly enough of
this. Sad to say, but true. But God does not give revelation of his scripture without a purpose behind it. That is my hope.
He can help me be strong enough and desire to do his will. And I want his will. I was thinking about these two verses and
the scriptures about covering the naked, feeding the hungry your bread, and immediately the Holy Spirit took my mind to two
different places in Matthew. First, the bread. Dealing it to the hungry. Sure, if you help poor people who have no food to
eat, great. That's the natural side of things. We should help the less fortunate. But what about the spiritual application
here? Jesus said in Matt. 6:11 "Give us this day our daily bread." Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then that took me to this scripture:
Mat 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made
ruler over his household, to give them meat in due
This deals with one aspect of how his servants are to be occupying until he comes. In authority, spiritually speaking,
over our home, and family, guarding against wickedness, and seeking God for our families, a word that will turn them in the
right direction, an anointed heaven-sent word, that will change and save them. Didn't Peter say the unbelieving husband would
be saved by the chaste conversation of the sanctified wife? And then my thoughts ran on to Matt. 25: (and here, I got uneasy...)
Mat 25:31 When the Son of
man shall come in
his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he
sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he
shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33 And he
shall set the sheep on his right
hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 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:
Mat 25:35 For I
was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye
took me in:
Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I
was sick, and ye visited me: I was in
prison, and ye came unto me.
Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
thee hungry, and fed thee? or
thirsty, and gave
Mat 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Mat 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Mat 25:40 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.
Jesus set the example. He gave living water to the woman at the well and she got her whole village out to listen to him.
He fed the multitudes the loaves and fishes after feeding them the word of God, knowing a lot of the ground he was sowing
in was stony and full of thorns. He set the example. Now if you think about this: He intended by our denying ourselves, and
praying for one for another, loosing the bands of wickedness (didn't Jesus say he gave us authority over all powers of the
enemy in Luke 10?) He wants us to help the oppressed go free, breaking every yoke, by praising and praying the anointing down,
by offering up ourselves as a sacrifice, denying ourselves, sowing to the spirit rather than flesh, seeking first his kingdom
rather than minding earthly appetites. Seeking his word for the hurting, which is hope and life, and giving it to them, and
what about the poor? As it's used here, it means afflicted, discouraged, down and depressed in mind and/or circumstances.
Not just financially poor. But in trouble. When thou seest the naked-who is more naked than anyone not under the blood of
Jesus? With no one caring for their souls, interceding in prayer for them? And hide not thyself from thine own flesh? There
have been times I have been so busy fighting battles in my own mind, that I have neglected to trust everything to the Lord
and continue to pray for my lost loved ones. Didn't Samuel say he didn't want to sin against God by ceasing to pray for Israel?
And it gets serious in Matthew 25-the King makes it obvious he takes it personally how we treat or don't treat others. Only
the Lord can strengthen us and give us the power of his Holy Ghost to crucify our flesh and put within us the love of God
to sacrifice for the sake of others. God help me not be selfish and self-absorbed. The enemy has succeeded too many times
in side-tracking me with battles in my mind, making me feel unworthy, beating me up over every little failure in my temper,
or failure to pray as much as I should, or read or put God first like I want to. Good intentions are worthless. Thank God
for the blood, and for his longsuffering. And his mercy. And for the power he gives his people to overcome. Yes, his word
alone holds us up. Christ in us is our only hope of glory. Feed that inner man well and he will overcome the outer.
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