“The last shall be first, and the first last.” -Jesus – Mt. 20:16
I. Man is So PROUD
The Context in Matthew 19 and 20 seems to indicate a spirit of ________________ and pride among Jesus’ followers. cf. Mt. 19:1-2, 13, 20, 27; 20:20-21, 24, 29 Jesus uses this tough saying twice in this passage like bookends around the Parable of the ___________.
“(This parable) is one of the greatest and most glorious of all…” C.G. Montefiore
The truth of the last being first and the first being last is the ______ ________ of the parable. (20:8, 16) NOTE – The disciples of Jesus are very ___________!
cf. Mt. 19:27; 20:21; Mk. 10:35-37 _________ is a subtle sin that is very destructive.
cf. Js. 4:4-7; 1 Pet. 5:5-7; 1 Jn. 2:15-17 ___________ was cast out of heaven because of pride.
cf. Ezek. 28:17; Is. 14:11-15; 1 Tim. 3:6; 6:9
II. God is So GOOD
The Parable of the Laborers begins with a typical work scene but ends with an atypical __________ scene! The Landowner was constantly ___________ the hiring of workers for his vineyard. cf. 20:1,3,5,6 –“went out” The wages were “agreed” upon(v. 2) and they were going to be “whatever was _________.” (20:4) Workers joined the project all throughout the day but the Landowner was very specific about paying the ______ group first! (20:8) A Key to the passage is when all the workers received the same pay and so those hired first ___________.(20:11) Vv. 15-16 are the climax to the parable where the Landowner asks the workers two ____________ questions! The Point of the Parable is that God’s Kingdom rewards are based on His Supreme ______________ and His and His Amazing __________!!! (20:15)
1. Authority and Submission – Rom. 13:1
2. Generosity and Goodness – Rom. 8:31-32
3. Humility and Rewards – Matt. 23:12; 1 Pet. 5:6
Appointments with God
“Tough Sayings of JESUS”
Monday, September 6th
Meditate upon the Greatness in the Kingdom:
- Matthew 18:1-4
Why would Jesus say that a “child” is the standard of the Kingdom? How do you become like children? Ask God for greater child-like humility in your life.
Tuesday, September 7th
Meditate upon the Pride of the Scribes & Pharisees:
- Matthew 23:1-7
The key is that the Scribes & Pharisees did their deeds “to be noticed by men.” Why do you do what you do? Ask God to search your heart & show you your motives for why you do what you do? Confess.
Wednesday, September 8th
Meditate upon the Greatest in the Kingdom:
- Matthew 23:11-12
The greatest in God’s eyes is the “servant of all.” Humility in God’s servants is greatly valued by God. Ask God for one person you could serve today.
Thursday, September 9th
Meditate upon the Pride of Jesus’ Disciples:
- Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 10:35-45
Can you imagine the pride of one to ask Jesus to do whatever we wanted Him to do? Don’t miss that Jesus came to serve & give His life for others. Pray for God to make you like Christ in this way.
Friday, September 10th
Meditate upon the Instructions of Jesus:
- Luke 14:7-11
When in a group, follow Jesus’ words and take a place of humility. As you humble yourself, wait for God to exalt you in His time. Pray & Wait for the Lord!!
Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 11-12
Meditate upon the Compassion of God:
- Luke 14:12-14
Reflect on what this passage teaches us about God’s heart of compassion for people. Who are you most drawn to and why? Ask God to give you His heart for people and then act on it by reaching out to one of these “kind” of people.