Morning Devotions, Matthew 25:31-46

Our word of the week is throne, and what better passage to review then Matthew 25’s teaching about the sheep and the goats.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. Matthew 25:31 nkj

The King of kings is coming, His throne is in Zion (the temple mount in Jerusalem). I believe that his throne is the Ark of the Covenant, hidden by Jeremiah when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians (modern Iraq), the Ark is one of the few temple items that was not taken to Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. The foundational precepts of the kingdom of the Almighty are found in the covenant that the Arc represents. The Son of the Almighty will one day return to his eternal throne, and among his first official acts will be the judgment of the nations. It will start with the Psalm 83 nations but it doesn’t stop there. Each of us will be held accountable for how we treat those who suffer for the King of Glory.

 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
He is the King of glory.
Psalm 24:7-10

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The Golden Gate With its doors welded shut and a cemetery to block holy feet.

Y’shua-Jesus will return from the heavenly realm, back to earth. From his landing point he will walk to Jerusalem, go through her ancient gait, the gait long welded shut to prevent him from coming in, the gait that is the back drop to a cemetery because the heathen believe that he is too holy to walk through a cemetery to enter a gait they have locked; forgetting that the Son of God went to a grave for Lazarus and to another cemetery for the demonic of Gadarenes. The King of Life is not afraid of the bones of the dead and locked doors are nothing to him.

Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Why do some inherit the kingdom that has been prepared since the foundation of the world? Because they have loved others just as they were loved by the Messiah.

1 John 3:16-20 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

Why is it important to love those who believe (Galatians 6:10)? In our passage, shocked believers from the nations, when told that they have fed the King himself when he was hungry, came to him in prison and ministered to him when he was sick, ask, when did we serve you dear King?

Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

To serve other believers when they are most helpless is to serve Y’shua-Jesus himself. Each of us gets a chance to love him through others. But what if we look down our nose, our at least down our day-planner where we do not find any spare time, at our brothers in the Lord? What if they are only getting what they deserve because they are rebellious or poor financial planners? Surly we are exempt from helping people who cause their own problems or who do not worship like we do? What does the King say to those on the Left?

Matthew 25:44 “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?’

The answer is the same, as you did it to the least of these my brothers…. Least in status, least in devotion, least in whatever. In our eyes or in his, we are not to judge but to serve. Sometimes it results in entertaining angels unaware (Hebrews 13:2) but at other times, we serve the King and do not even know it. Don’t miss your chance! He sees and he will not forget.

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Mrs. Hagerty, November 4, 2015

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