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LISTEN: Matthew 25: The sheep and the goats

Rev. David Pileggi reminds us that the emphasis of the ministry of Jesus is the Kingdom of God, and so is our gospel passage. As Jesus comes to the end of his ministry he is warning us to be prepared for judgement. There are often surprises for us in these passages. Keeping the context of the gospel, the best way to understand this is that good trees produce good fruit, judgement brings out something that has been there all along. By their fruit you will recognise them. What are the warnings here for all of us? The Shepherd turns out to be the Judge. There really was no difference between sheep and goats in the ancient cultural context. Some people unexpectedly are in and some people unexpectedly are out! In the end we are not the Judge, God is! When it come to these matters, we should all come with a certain amount of humility.

Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46

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David Pileggi
David Pileggi lives in Jerusalem with his wife Carol and their three adult children where he is the rector of Christ Church in the Old City of Jerusalem. They have lived in Israel for 33 years where David has worked as a journalist/researcher and for 19 years was director of a study program dedicated to teaching Christians about the Jewish context of their faith. David has an M.A. from the Hebrew University in Jewish Studies and is a licensed tour guide.

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