The Sheep and the GoatsA while back I learned an interesting, little known fact of ancient shepherding is that a goat would often lead a flock of sheep. Jeremiah 50:8 Flee out of Babylon; leave the land of the Babylonians , and be like the goats that lead the flocks.
Upon looking into the context of the Parable of Sheep and Goats, it makes perfect sense that the goats are leaders and sheep are servants. And it is directly linked to righteousness and justice. True leaders want and strive to be servants and are not consumed with only wanting to be the big dog on the porch or stage. To be Servants, to serve YHWH, the Messiah, the Body.
Righteousness and Justice. This is essential.
So What are we doing????
Matthew 25 31 “And when the Son of Aḏam comes in His esteem, and all the set-apart messengers with Him, then He shall sit on the throne of His esteem. 32 “And all the nations shall be gathered before Him, and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats. 33 “And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 “Then the Sovereign shall say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the reign prepared for you from the foundation of the world – 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, 36 was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous shall answer Him, saying, ‘Master, when did we see You hungry and we fed You, or thirsty and gave You to drink? 38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger and took You in, or naked and clothed You? 39 ‘And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and we came to You?’ 40 “And the Sovereign shall answer and say to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, in so far as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.’ 41 “He shall then also say to those on the left hand, ‘Go away from Me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his messengers – 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, 43 ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, was naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44 “Then they also shall answer Him, saying, ‘Master, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not serve You?’ 45 “Then He shall answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, in so far as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”
So now check this out...
Ever heard of a Judas Goat?
“Judas Goat” A Judas goat is a trained goat used at a slaughterhouse and in general animal herding. The Judas goat is trained to associate with sheep or cattle, leading them to a specific destination. In stockyards, a Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared. Judas goats are also used to lead other animals to specific pens and on to trucks.
So many verses are coming to context when looking just at Shepherding, sheep,goats as well as the Shepherd Staff or Scepter. Why? Because the Scepter is directly linked to the King who carries out acts of Justice and Righteousness. A Shepherd is supposed to emulate this as well for his sheep.
When we read Isaiah 53 it is all about Yeshua. In light of the areas I am learning with ancient shepherding practices and the Judas Goat , the verses in Isaiah take on a completely new context.
Think about it. Now that we know what a “Judas Goat” is , and if we now can see the Shepherds/Leaders are no longer shepherds when they stray but are referred to “goats”. And the Parable of the sheep and goats is linked to leaders, servants, justice, righteousness , equity, staffs, rods, scepters…
So who was He “led” by as a sheep to the slaughter in these verses?
1.The Religious elite of the day. 2.The Leaders 3.The supposed “shepherds” who now are the goats.
Who sold Him for 30 Pieces of Silver?!?!
The Parable of Sheep and Goats has nothing to do with whether you know the Name, walk the commandments, understand the correct calendar, know there is one house or two houses.
It is all about justice, righteousness, equity and……being a servant.
MORE SHEPHERD,SHEEP, GOAT , ROD, SCEPTER, STAFF ,JUSTICE, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND EQUITY CONTEXT IN THE PORTION CHUKAT
Num 20:1 And the children of Yisra’ĕl, all the congregation, came into the Wilderness of Tsin in the first month, and the people stayed in Qaḏĕsh. And Miryam died there and was buried there. Num 20:2 Now there was no water for the congregation and they assembled against Mosheh and against Aharon. Num 20:3 And the people contended with Mosheh and spoke, saying, “If only we had died when our brothers died before הוהי! Num 20:4 “Why have you brought up the assembly of הוהי into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? Num 20:5 “And why have you brought us up out of Mitsrayim, to bring us to this evil place? – not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink.” Num 20:6 Then Mosheh and Aharon went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the Tent of Meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the esteem of הוהי appeared to them. Num 20:7 And הוהי spoke to Mosheh, saying, Num 20:8 “Take the rod and assemble the congregation, you and your brother Aharon. And you shall speak to the rock before their eyes, and it shall give its water. And you shall bring water for them out of the rock and give drink to the congregation and their livestock.” Num 20:9 And Mosheh took the rod from before הוהי as He commanded him. Num 20:10 And Mosheh and Aharon assembled the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels, shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” Num 20:11 Then Mosheh lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod. And much water came out, and the congregation and their livestock drank. Num 20:12 But הוהי spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon, “Because you did not believe Me, to set Me apart in the eyes of the children of Yisra’ĕl, therefore you do not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” Num 20:13 These were the waters of Meriḇah, because the children of Yisra’ĕl contended with הוהי, and He was set apart among them. Num 20:14 And Mosheh sent messengers from Qaḏĕsh to the sovereign of Eḏom. “This is what your brother Yisra’ĕl said, ‘You know all the hardship that has befallen us, Num 20:15 that our fathers went down to Mitsrayim, and we dwelt in Mitsrayim a long time, and the Mitsrites did evil to us and our fathers. Num 20:16 ‘And we cried out to הוהי, and He heard our voice and sent the Messenger and brought us up out of Mitsrayim. And see, we are in Qaḏĕsh, a city on the edge of your border. Num 20:17 ‘Please let us pass over, through your land. We shall not pass over through fields or vineyards, nor drink water from wells, we shall go along the sovereign’s highway. We shall not turn aside, right or left, until we have passed over your border.’ ” Num 20:18 But Eḏom said to him, “You do not pass over through me, lest I come out against you with the sword.” Num 20:19 And the children of Yisra’ĕl said to him, “We shall go by the highway, and if I or my livestock drink any of your water, then I shall pay for it. Let me only pass over on foot, without a word.” Num 20:20 But he said, “You do not pass over.” And Eḏom came out against them with many men and with a strong hand. Num 20:21 So when Eḏom refused to let Yisra’ĕl pass over through his border, Yisra’ĕl turned away from him. Num 20:22 And the children of Yisra’ĕl, all the company, departed from Qaḏĕsh and came to Mount Hor. Num 20:23 And הוהי spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon in Mount Hor near the border of the land of Eḏom, saying, Num 20:24 “Aharon is to be gathered to his people, for he is not to enter the land which I have given to the children of Yisra’ĕl, because you rebelled against My mouth at the water of Meriḇah. Num 20:25 “Take Aharon and Elʽazar his son, and bring them up to Mount Hor, Num 20:26 and strip Aharon of his garments and put them on Elʽazar his son, for Aharon is to be gathered to his people and die there.” Num 20:27 And Mosheh did as הוהי commanded, and they went up to Mount Hor before the eyes of all the congregation. Num 20:28 And Mosheh stripped Aharon of his garments and put them on Elʽazar his son. And Aharon died there on the top of the mountain. And Mosheh and Elʽazar came down from the mountain. Num 20:29 And when all the congregation saw that Aharon was dead, all the house of Yisra’ĕl wept for Aharon, thirty days.