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why do shepherds separate sheep from goats

ANSWER: First, let us take a look at the scriptures in question. In Matthew 25, Jesus states he will gather up all people when he returns to the earth as King (verse 31). He will then divide them into two groups - the sheep and the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left (verse 32). He will then say to the people on his right Come, you that are blessed by my Father! (those who lived a truly converted life and obeyed God) Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. (verse 34). Christ will then state to those who are on his left Away from me, you that are under God's curse!

Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels! (verse 41). This parable is about the time of the judgment. The sheep are symbolic of those who follow and obey Christ, while the goats represent those who chose not to follow Jesus and His example on earth (a witness). One overlooked fact concerning this judging is that Jesus considers one set of animals HIS ("as a shepherd divides HIS sheep. ", as verse 32 is translated in the NKJV) but the others he does not! He owns (we have be bought and redeemed by him at a price - 1Corinthians 6:20, 7:23) and is the true shepherd over those willing to follow him and do what he says.

He does not, however, claim ownership or responsibility over the goats! They are those who are rebellious and stubbornly refuse to follow anyone anywhere. Their ultimate fate is to be thrown into the lake of fire.
At times, the word may refer to a man who was castrated. In Bible times, some men were castrated as punishment or on being captured or enslaved. Trusted men who had been castrated oversaw the womenБs quarters, or harems, in royal households. For example, the eunuchs Hegai and Shaashgaz served as guardians of the wives and concubines of Persian King Ahasuerus, who is thought to be Xerxesб I. Б.

However, not all whom the Bible calls eunuchs were actually castrated. Some scholars say that the term was also used in a broader sense to refer to an official assigned to duties in the court of the king. This appears to be the sense in which the term is applied to Ebed-melech, the associate of Jeremiah, and to the unnamed Ethiopian to whom the evangelizer Philip preached. Ebed-melech evidently was a high-ranking official, for he had direct access to King Zedekiah. ( ) And the Ethiopian is described as a royal treasurer who Бhad gone to Jerusalem to worship. Б Б.

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