Week Twenty One -- May 22 - 28
37 Then the righteous will answer Him, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?" 40 And the King will answer them, "I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me."
Overview - Least of These
A parable is a short, simple story of comparison. Jesus used parables to teach spiritual truths by means of earthly situations. The core message of the Parable of the Sheep and Goats is that God’s people will love others.
Good works will result from our relationship to the Father. Followers of Christ will treat others with kindness, serving them as if they were serving Christ Himself. The unbeliever lives in the opposite manner. While “goats” can indeed perform acts of kindness and charity, their hearts are not right with God, and their actions are not for the right purpose – to honor and worship God.
God cares deeply about the poor and expects His people to do the same. Let's take a closer look at the scriptural teaching in this regard.
Read Matthew 25:31-46
What do you learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)? How is He described?
What do you learn about man? How do people act or respond in the passage?
In a sentence or two summarize what you have learned from this passage.
Where are you in the story? Ask yourself these questions: Is there an example to follow, sin to avoid, command to obey or promise to claim?
How does this passage help you pray and live in obedience today?
Read Matthew 25:31-46
How does this passage tell us about our Lord's Absolute authority?
How can this passage give you a sense of victory, hope, and comfort?
What do you need to do to focus on how you can be more obedient with His call to the poor and oppressed?
Read Psalm 146:1-10
In Psalm 146 we see the psalmist always praising the Lord, telling us in whom not to trust and in whom always to trust. In concludes by showing that when we praise and trust in the almighty Lord, we will be blessed.
Read Isaiah 58:1-12
Isaiah takes to task those who go through the motions of religious observance. The kind of worship pleasing to God includes a desire to live an upright life and to help the poor and oppressed.
Read Matthew 26:6-13
When we realize who Jesus is and what He has done for us, it is impossible for us to remain casual in our response to Him. While many want to go through the motions in their relationship with Jesus, He calls us to something more.