In the parable of the talents, the master tells the first two servants “Come and share your master’s happiness!” I am not sure exactly what this means. I wonder if it was an idiom for sharing in the master’s wealth.
When Jesus separates the sheep from the goats he sets one on his right hand and the other on his left. He says to those on his right come and inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. I was hungry and you fed me. I was sick and you visited me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was in need and you tended to me. Those answered WHEN DID WE SEE YOU SUCH AND DO THIS. Jesus turned to those on his left and said be gone. I was in need and you did not tend to me. They answered WHEN DID WE SEE YOU IN NEED AND NOT TEND TO YOU. Quite a difference in the answer and question the two posed.
I rather suspect that “right” and “left” hand meant a lot in those days. That thinking even persists in our idioms and colloquialisms today. So, the good guys get on the right and are “sheep” and the bad guys are on the left and are “goats”. The concept of separating the sheep and goats doesn’t mean much today, but I’m not sure why they did that in those days. Sheep can eat grass down to the roots and goats can eat about anything–maybe it was a pasturage issue.
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