The Sheep and the Goats Parable of Matthew 25

The sheep and the goats parable of Matthew 25 sheds light on the fact that God, indeed, has a Covenant People or Race.  And this Covenant People or Race was established, and their Kingdom prepared for them “from the foundation of the world” {Matthew 25: 34}.

31 When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all NATIONS: and he shall SEPARATE them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set up the SHEEP on his RIGHT HAND, but the GOATS on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his RIGHT HAND, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD:

From this we learn that the he is referring to NATIONS when he is referring to RIGHTEOUS SHEEP and WICKED GOATS, not individuals.

We know from D&C 29:27 that “the RIGHTEOUS {the Sheep} shall be gathered on my RIGHT HAND unto Eternal Life,” and “the WICKED {the Goats} on my left hand will I be ashamed to own before my Father.”

We can receive additional light when we read that in Moses 7:56, it says, “and the SAINTS arose, and were crowned at the RIGHT HAND of the Son of Man, with crowns of glory.”

As politically incorrect as it appears, God’s people are the Nation of Israel, by descendancy!  They came through the lineage of Shem, Abraham, and Jacob, as established from the foundation of the world.

Why is Jacob’s lineage God’s Covenant People or Race?

Matthew 25 Sheep and Goats

Matthew 25 continues on to tell us…

35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Well, when did God’s Covenant People or Race do these things for him, you might ask, like I did and like the righteous will, when he comes in his glory…

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the LEFT HAND, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…” {And then proceeds to tell them that they did not feed, give drink to, take him in, clothe him, visit him when he was sick or in prison.}

This fits like a hand in a glove with what we find in the Doctrine and Covenants 19:5:

“Wherefore, I revoke not the judgments which I shall pass, but woes shall go forth, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, yea, to those who are found on my LEFT HAND.”

Verses 35 and 36 of Matthew 25 are the reasons WHY  the Kingdom was prepared for us, but WHAT are the implications that they were prepared for us from the Foundations of the World?

Were we foreordained?

Were we predestined?

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called : and whom he called, them he also justified : and whom he justified, them he also glorified. {Romans 8:29-30}

Are we rewarded for some way we behaved prior to being born on Earth as we know it in this lifetime?

If it is not a reward, then is the God we worship arbitrary and unfair towards those not born in the Covenant Race?

What are your thoughts?

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