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Reaching Out to the “Other”- Bible Study – Matt. 25:31-46

Reaching Out to the “Other”- Bible Study – Matt. 25:31-46

  1. Context
    1. Apocalyptic Parable (“Wow! What is that?”) – symbolic depiction of the end time to challenge things in the present – Matt. 13:47-50; 24;  Ezekiel 1; Daniel 7-8; Revelation 4-22
    2. Jesus’ parables in Matthew are both a warning and a summons to action usually with a very specific focus
      1. For the community of faith – Matt. 13:10-17
      2. The Parable of the Sower – Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23
      3. The Weeds and the Wheat – Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43
      4. The Mustard Seed – Matt. 13:31-32
      5. The Yeast – Matt. 13:33
      6. The lost sheep – Matt. 18:10-14
      7. The end of the age – Matt. 13:47-50

 

  1. A Picture of the Last Judgment
  1. Jesus as the Son of Man – the final judge – Daniel 7:13-14; John 5:25-29
  2. The nations (the world) – 25:32
  3. Sheep and goats – 25:25:32
  4. Those who are blessed – Isa. 58:6-9
    1. “you gave me food” – 25:35
    2. “you gave me something to drink”
    3. “I was a stranger and you welcomed me”
    4. “I was naked and you gave me clothing” – 25:36
    5. “I was sick and you took care of me”
    6. “I was in prison and you visited me”
  5. The question of the righteous – “When. . . ?” – 25:37-39
    1. “the least of these” – 25:40
    2. “brother or sister” – 25:40; 5:21-24; 18:35
    3. “little ones” – Matt. 10:42; 18:10-14; 19:13-14; cf. 5:1-12
  6. “you did it to me” – 25:40
  7. “you did not do it to me” – 25:41-45
  8. eternal life vs. eternal punishment – 25:46

Questions for Reflection –

  1. How have we as a congregation extended care to the “other?”
  2. In what ways are we blind to or ignore the needs of others?
  3. What needs could we add to Jesus’ parable?
  4. What can we do to increase our awareness of those in need?

 

Next Study – Healthy Church Life – Matt. 15:1-9