My three Gospels classes and my two eighth grade Bible classes this week were assigned as memory verses, Matthew 25:4546. This passage is at the tail end of The Parable Of The Sheep And Goats. In it, the Savior talks about the dividing line separating the saved and unsaved at the Judgement. Interestingly, He mentions nothing about prayer or repentance or faith. Instead, the totality of the lesson that day was how we treat others and specifically the downtrodden. In chapel this morning, we blessed our high school group of thirty who are giving up spring break to work with inner city children in Oklahoma City; this parable was referenced. In all five classes today, we watched this very powerful video clip based on this reading. The part about the goats is especially provocative. Please take several minutes to watch and ask yourself where we stand. I was somewhat shaken myself. Ironically, we are in the middle of collecting coins to help build and sustain Christian orphanages in Haiti and Honduras which did nothing to make me feel more righteous. I'd guess that was what Jesus had in mind. Hope it makes you think.
Applicable quote of the day:
|“Jesus of Nazareth could have chosen simply to express Himself in moral precepts; but like a great poet He chose the form of the parable, wonderful short stories that entertained and clothed the moral precept in an eternal form. It is not sufficient to catch man's mind, you must also catch the imaginative faculties of his mind.”|
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