Text: Matthew 25:31-33 AMP
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory and majesty and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him [for judgment]; and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right [the place of honor], and the goats on His left [the place of rejection].”
The subject of judgment is one of those delicate matters we mostly don’t like to talk about, but, we can’t escape it.
On the last day of the day of our lord, we all shall take our rightful place in respect to how we have lived our lives here on earth. Our deeds, actions, and how we choose to live here on earth would determine our place in the end. So, it is either you are on the right hand of God in the place of honor (Sheep) or you are on the left hand in the place of rejection (Goat).
The judgment of goat and sheep is the judgment of the unbelievers (children of disobedience) and also the judgment of believers (children of obedience).
In essence, both the goat and sheep (unbelievers and believers respectively) will individually get the reward for all their deeds here on earth.
Goats and Sheep are somewhat similar creatures but they both have distinctly different behavioral traits that differentiate them. Let’s start with the Goat.
Goats are aggressive, impulsive, unpredictable, devious, and contrary. Goats are never content with what they have.
Goats are not humble, they are proud, not remorseful, and very stubborn, and they like to do whatever they want to do without thinking it through because they hate restrictions. They will work tirelessly to spring themselves from any situation they deem inhibiting.
Consequently, goats are not very good followers. “Gregarious behavior” is a term that refers to the flocking or herding instinct which is found strongly in sheep, cattle, and horses.
Again, this quality is rather weak in goats; they prefer leading or going off on their own and these are just the qualities of the flesh (sinful and fallen nature) that are opposite to the qualities of the spirit of God (Galatians 5:22-23).