Words of Jesus Part 17

 

  • Matthew 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
  • Mat 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
  • Mat 20:3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
  • Mat 20:4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
  • Mat 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
  • Mat 20:6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
  • Mat 20:7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
  • Mat 20:8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
  • Mat 20:9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
  • Mat 20:10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
  • Mat 20:11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
  • Mat 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
  • Mat 20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
  • Mat 20:14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
  • Mat 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
  • Mat 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

This continues the thought from the chapter preceding it that the Jews who were called first, will be the last. It could also apply to Christians who have been serving the Lord for a great length of time will be equal to a new convert.

We can learn much from this. First of all, to be thankful for God's salvation no matter when we come to know Jesus Christ and to be faithful in all we know to do after we come to Christ.

When we see the zeal and joy of new converts, we can learn from them. Have we lost our joy and our first love? Have we become stale in our walk with the Lord. Every day should be new and fresh as we walk in the spirit. We don't have to become stale and dry.

I realize that we have to be on guard against latter day false teaching and false movements. Jesus told us to watch and be careful. He warned us of false signs and wonders. Yet in doing this we must be careful not to falsely accuse true brothers and sisters in the Lord.

If someone's reaction to the presence of the Holy Spirit is so joyful that he or she jumps, leaps and shouts, do not criticize that form of worship. If they teach doctrines contrary to the bible however, speak out and warn. On the other hand if someone worships quietly, maybe shedding a tear or maybe not showing any outward emotion, do not criticize this type of worship. There is nothing in the bible that restricts one to a quiet worship or an emotional one. I've seen both kinds criticized unfairly and it is wrong. However, if a false doctrine is taught or a false way of salvation, we must speak being careful not to offend new converts that will at times as they they begin to learn and grow in the knowledge of the Lord .... make mistakes.

Sometimes some of us that have been around for a while struggle with the new things. Some of the new things may be innocent. Some may mean serious trouble ahead. I for one cannot stand singing choruses over and over and over. Too much repetition drives me up the wall. Many people feel that way also but that is the way some worship so I try not to make waves over things the bible do not forbid.

Older hymns teach a message that the short choruses miss so I really hate to abandon them altogether but the bible does not say much about the style of music so its better to pray for our music leaders and trust God to lead them. In all things I love to rejoice in the Lord and sing with thanksgiving that I'm in a place with fellow believers worshiping with them in song. Fussing and complaining will ruin the atmosphere of the joy of the Lord.

Yes we can't let that cause us to have a bitter spirit against those that lead worship service. Those dear brothers or sisters in the Lord can't please everyone at the same time. So lets trust and rejoice.

I'm not going to find fault if someone drives a fancy car or a junker, but if they teach a false doctrine, we must speak out.

If a church wants to take up an offering before, during or after a service, it is of no consequence but if they teach that one can commit sexual immorality and still make heaven his home without repentance, then I will not accept that.

If one teaches that we can feed the poor, do good works and be active in the community and enter heaven by our good works ignoring the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the only true way of salvation, then we must warn that we are not saved by our own works of righteousness but only by what Jesus did on our behalf when He died for our sins. 

There are times when we must speak out and not fear the "touch not my anointed" warning that we hear so much. That doesn't mean that we don't speak out against false teaching. David refused to touch the anointed of the Lord being King Saul. He would not physically harm Saul but it didn't stop David or Samuel the prophet from pointing out the sin of King Saul. 

The children who mocked one prophet and were then attacked by a bear were an example of unfairly disrespecting a man of God. The children were not pointing out any false doctrine or correcting any wrong, they were mocking a man of God in a disrespectful manner.  This is in 2 Kings 2:23-25 Here is the story:

  • 23 Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!”
  • 24 When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number.
  • 25 And he went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.

This sounds harsh to us in today's world but God is reminding us the seriousness of how we treat those the represent Him and preach His word. If we don't know for sure who is false or real, we treat them kindly and leave trust God to deal with it.

We don't have to be mean and cruel when we point out error but we must point out error. The bible says if someone is taken in a fault, we are to go in the spirit of meekness. We are not to false accuse, mock and go in a holier than thou attitude but sin and false doctrine have to be corrected or others will follow after their false ways. Again though I repeat, if we don't know for sure its better to pray and trust God to deal with anything that is not right. He will if we take it to Him.

Even though we should give people the benefit of the doubt we don't have to blindly follow them or support a ministry where we have doubts. Yet avoid being an accuser of the brethren. 

  • Matthew 20:17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,
  • Mat 20:18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,
  • Mat 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

Again and again our Lord prepares His disciples for what is to come.

I'm seeing a trend in the church that is avoiding Revelations and prophecy. We must warn against the time to come and prepare our people not to fall prey to false teaching and doctrine. In the name of unity, many are casting aside sound doctrine in order to "get along" with other churches and denominations. We should love them and desire unity if we can and never persecute any that believe differently then we do but we cannot unify with lies and false teaching. We cannot join with a group that does not believe in the truth in the name of unity.

Jesus said we are to be one as He and His father are one. They were one in the truth, not in lies. I can love my neighbor that is a different type of faith as me but I can't join with their group if they teach another way of salvation other than Jesus Christ.

I can't join in unity with any who say that we can live in open sin, ignore God's word and still expect to go to Heaven.

I can't join with a group that says we are to join religion and politics and set up Christ's kingdom on earth before He comes back. The church in the Middle Ages already tried that and put to death many who opposed them. We are not ordained of God to do those things. Only Jesus Christ can set up His own kingdom.

We are to preach the gospel and bring men and woman to Jesus Christ. Teaching them to repent of sin and turn to Christ for salvation. Jesus will do the setting up the kingdom and taking over governments. We are not to do that ahead of time. We can read from history that man is not capable to setting up a righteous kingdom. Sooner or later when a religion gets in power many innocent people are put to death. Only Christ Himself can set up that kingdom. Avoid the Dominion, Kingdom now, Prosperity or Replacement theology, they are false doctrines.

  • Matthew 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
  • Mat 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
  • Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
  • Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
  • Mat 20:24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
  • Mat 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
  • Mat 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
  • Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

When we remember this we become great in the kingdom of God. Humility. If we remember who we are and remember to humble ourselves instead of exalting ourselves, we would not fall prey to the prosperity doctrine, the dominion and kingdom now doctrines or the Replacement theology. Replacement is the teaching that the church replaces Israel as God's chosen people. We do not. We become part of adopted Israel but we do not replace them. Many Jews are already coming to Christ. Messianic congregations are springing up all over the place and I praise God for every one of them.

Seeing ourselves as servants instead of people who are to get rich and take over the government will keep us from false doctrine. Desire to prophecy, preach, teach or do whatever we are called to do but avoid trying to control, dictate, and use force. Allow the Holy Spirit to use us and encourage those we teach and lead to allow the Holy Spirit to use them. We are all equal.

  • Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

The church needs to get back to ministering, helping and serving rather than taking, fleecing and using the people.

  • Matthew 20:29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
  • Mat 20:30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
  • Mat 20:31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
  • Mat 20:32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
  • Mat 20:33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
  • Mat 20:34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

These men were healed because of their persistence. They didn't let the unfeeling crowd stop them. They cried out even though they were rebuked. Jesus healed them.

We can learn from them. We can't let family, friends, co-worker, fellows students etc. stop us from seeking and living for God. We must fervently pursue God and study His word. How can we know who God is and what He is like if we just rely on what we hear in church or on the news? Only from the word can we learn of Him.

If one read church history, you might wonder why people allowed the church leaders to do the evil that they did against humanity. The reason was that the word was not given to the common people. They were not allowed to study the bible. The bible was only to be interpreted by the church leaders. This is why they went along with all sorts of distortions, evil and murder. God sent brave men who risked their lives to free the bible from pulpit chains. We now can read it freely in many countries. It was given to us to show us who God is and how we can be saved from the wrath and judgment of God to come. Please don't leave that in the hands of men. Study the bible for yourself.

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