“Therefore thus says the Lord God to them; Behold, I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep. Because you have pushed with side and shoulder, butted all the weak ones with your horns, and scattered them abroad, therefore I will save My flock, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.” – Ezekiel 34:21-22
God was using Ezekiel to tell the leaders of the nation that they have been poor leaders of the people, the sheep. Now, God says because they were poor leaders, He would come and lead as the true Shepherd. Not only will He come to lead the people, He was coming to judge between them. He was going to walk among them and point out those who used and mistreated the poor and the weak.
In Luke 6, when Jesus is training His disciples, He shared with them information that was contrary to everything they had been taught all of their lives. It was said that the Rabbi’s of old taught the Jews that if they did not want someone to do something bad to them, they should not do bad to others. Jesus changed the teaching to what we know now as “The Golden Rule.” Jesus said to do unto others as we would have others do unto us. In other words, even if they do not treat us well, treat them well anyway.
Matt. 25:31-40 paints a very vivid picture for us and is like the picture we see in Ezekiel. Jesus is speaking in parables and again, compares the people to sheep and talks about them being separated and judged. And the way He judged them was between those who obeyed the Lord and those who did not. While He was teaching, Jesus told them that He was “naked, hungry and thirsty” and those who loved Him fed Him and took care of Him. In the story the Lord Jesus said that the people asked, “when did we do these things for you?” Jesus’ response was, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
How we treat other people, whether we like them or not, shows who we truly serve. What is your life demonstrating?
“Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.” – Jesus