Matthew 20:1 (KJV) Lessons in Life

Matthew 20:1 (KJV)
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.

Jesus used the phrase, “the kingdom of heaven is like” on a number of occasions. The use of these similes and parables is a demonstration that the tabernacle was not the only thing that was made after the pattern of heavenly things.

God has put wonderful lessons concerning life, spiritual freedom and heavenly promises all around us. They are so abundant and so obvious that they are, in part, why even the person who has never heard is without excuse. Just as the heavens declare the glory of God, these parables preach the path to God if we will but hear.

A few caveats concerning these parables:

  • They can become blurred through lack of use and therefore come into focus only through exercise
  • They must always be filtered through the lens of God’s word . The devil knows how to pitch a parable too.
  • They should never take the place of God’s Word lest our audience begin to magnify human wisdom rather that God’s revelation.

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Matthew 20:1 (KJV) Lessons in Life

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2 Samuel 12:10 (KJV) David’s Love/Hate Relationship with God

2 Samuel 12:10 (KJV)
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

I know David to be a man after God’s own heart. That David loved God there can be no question. But in this instance the actions of King David caused God himself to say to David, “thou hast despised me“.

If God could say that to David is there any one of us who couldn’t be guilty of the same? We love God and show it in many ways. At the same time we despise God and demonstrate that too.

David reduced himself to this lowest of places:

  • By taking it easy when he should have been engaged in the work of Warfare
  • By acting on temptation
  • By attempting to cover up his sin
  • By failing to immediately confess his sin

Though there were terrible consequences the fix for all of this was Psalm fifty-one; confession pouring from a broken and contrite heart.

 

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2 Samuel 12:10 (KJV) David’s Love/Hate Relationship with God

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1 Samuel 30:5 (KJV) How David Handled Hurt

1 Samuel 30:5 (KJV)
And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

David was in a place in his life he really shouldn’t have been. Fear had driven him to Gath and it was while there that the village where he and his followers dwelt was attacked. I saw a picture of a church sign that said, “Sometimes bad things happen because we do really dumb things.” David had done one of those dumb things.

But David was still a man after God’s own heart and there is much to learn from him here:

He wept and was in distress
Grieving is a healthy and sensible thing to do. David had two loved ones who had been captured. His men had had many more. It was necessary to grieve and it was necessary for David to grieve with them.

He sought counsel
Rather than rashly taking after the culprits he sought counsel from two sources the priest and the Lord. Technically he only sought the priest in order to seek the Lord but that should be true of us as well; we go to the pastor to take us to the Bible.

He pursued
He took action. There was a time for weeping and a time for praying. Then there was a time to correct the situation.

We can do the same when we need:

  • Grieve when it is right
  • Pray and get counsel before acting rashly
  • Take action to correct your life

 

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Have you been hurt? How are you dealing with the pain? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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1 Samuel 30:5 (KJV) How David Handled Hurt

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Matthew 10:1 (KJV) Faith in Christ and No Other

Matthew 10:1 (KJV)
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

I am focusing on the references to Christ through the pronouns in the verse:

When He had called…
That’s authority

Unto Him…
That’s location nowhere else

His twelve…
That’s possession

He gave them…
That’s power

The Christian faith is faith in Christ and no other. Sometimes we forget that and make it about everything and everyone else, but it is only Christianity when it is only about Christ.

 

To my reader:
Life would like to distract you from Christ. Don’t let it happen. Keep your eyes on Jesus! I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 10:1 (KJV) Faith in Christ and No Other

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Matthew 9:14-17 (KJV) New Wine in New Bottles

Matthew 9:14-17 (KJV)
Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

We would do wrong to miss the connection between the question about fasting and the parable about new wine in new bottles.

These “disciples of John” were stuck in a middle ground spot between Old Testament Mosaic Law and New Testament Law of Christ. They had not come out of Judaism. They were, I believe, the Judaizers Paul contended with all his life and the Messianic Jews of modernity.

The message of Christ is that this new covenant required a new container with a new law. There would be fasting in the New Testament as there would be worship but it would not be the same as the Old. When Christ left this earth then believers entered a “new container”. Judaism, the synagogue and the Old Testament rituals were replaced with Christianity, the local Church and New Testament faith.

 

To my reader:
Paul wrestled all his life with those who attempted to marry the Old Testament with the New. There is a place for the Old Testament today, but it is not for our practice. It serves as an illustration and example. We are to come out of any system of religion that blends religious effort with faith in Christ. The Christian serves, but out of devotion and love, not in an effort to win righteousness before God. I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 9:14-17 (KJV) New Wine in New Bottles

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1 Samuel 26:10 (KJV) Faith, Patience and Confidence

1 Samuel 26:10 (KJV)
David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

David was not a perfect man and the very next chapter will chronicle what I believe to be one of his failures. But in this text we find what is one of David’s strongest qualities; that of trusting God when it’s it would be easier (for the moment) to take matters into his own hands.

For a second time Saul was delivered to David so completely that everyone would have thought it was God’s will for him to kill his enemy. This time one of his men offered to kill him for David and to do so in a manner that would respect the office of the king. Again David refused to harm the Lord’s anointed. David explained that he trusted God to remove Saul in His time.

The passage is:
A display of faith
He trusted God.

A demonstration of patience
He would wait on the Lord.

A display of confidence
He knew God would work because He knew God’s Word.

Faith, patience and confidence are all products of the knowledge of God’s Word.

 

To my reader:
In what areas of your spiritual life are you lacking? In what areas could you grow immediately? It is the practice of daily study of the Bible that begins that spiritual growth. I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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1 Samuel 26:10 (KJV) Faith, Patience and Confidence

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1 Samuel 17:28-30 (KJV) How To Handle Discouraging Words

1 Samuel 17:28-30 (KJV)
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.

Any Christian who has stepped out of our comfort area to attempt some work for God have felt two things:

  • Little, like we are not equipped for the task
  • Humiliated, attacked and put down by someone else, very often a brother or sister in Christ

When my wife and I were very new in the faith we had some Christians friends my wife had met through her work as a public school teacher. As we grew in our excitement for Christ we were led of the Lord that Anita should resign her job and volunteer to teach at the Christian school our pastor wanted to start. Anita’s Christian friend, whom we expected to be supportive, was the opposite. It was disheartening but we persisted.

David demonstrates to us here how to deal with those sorts of attacks:

He said he was blameless

He may have evaluated his motives a moment to be sure, but he declared he was without blame.

He focused on his purpose

Which was just and right. Attacks are often intended to pull us away from God’s purpose for our life.

He went about his business

There were others to talk to. He did not let those who spoke badly of him prevent him from speaking highly of the cause.

When attacked in the work of God:

  • Evaluate and learn
  • Fix your mind on God’s will and
  • Keep moving forward

 

To my reader:
How have you handled discouragements in the past? Does David’s action give you some insight to your own discouragement? Leave a reply below. I would love to hear from you.

 

 

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1 Samuel 17:28-30 (KJV) How To Handle Discouraging Words

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Revelation 20:7 (KJV) Time Was Immaterial

Revelation 20:7 (KJV)
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

I am reminded that one day Is with the Lord as a thousand years. Days are literal in the Bible but time is immaterial to God. It appears to me that all of human history will take place in something that looks to God like seven days.

Revelation 20 has both the binding of Satan and his release for a little season and the two events are a thousand years apart.

Further, the apostle John witnessed in the spirit all one thousand years. Time was immaterial to him too.

Time matters to us. We only have so much time so we must not waste it. But in a sense time is immaterial to us too in that, the time we have one earth passes so quickly and then eternity is upon us. Time is of such little consequence for our eternal souls that it makes no sense to occupy ourselves with it. We ought to live in light of eternity instead of temporality.

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Revelation 20:7 (KJV) Time Was Immaterial

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1 Samuel 6:20 (KJV) What a Question

1 Samuel 6:20 (KJV)
And the men of Bethshemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?

What a question!

  • On the one hand they had discovered the holiness of God and their frailty before Him
  • On the other, they had chosen to pass off the duties of spiritual growth to others who would want the risks and responsibilities.

A relationship with the Lord involves:

  • a sense of His holiness,
  • an awareness of our brokenness but also
  • a commitment to genuine faithfulness

 

 

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1 Samuel 6:20 (KJV) What a Question

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Revelation 6:1 (KJV) Heaven and Earth

Revelation 6:1 (KJV)
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

There are seven seals on the book. Six of them are opened in this chapter. The first four are unique in that:

  • There is a beast to open them
  • There is a horse and rider within them
  • There is an invitation to “come and see”.

Albert Barnes says that the transition from the fourth to the fifth is from earth to heaven; from the seen to the unseen.

There is, among those of us of faith, a strong assurance of both worlds:

  • This temporal, corruptible yet visible world.
  • An eternal, incorruptible and as far as things are now invisible world.

It is by making sound and scriptural observations of this world we can see that we learn lessons concerning that world we cannot. God, who dwells in the invisible world, is sovereign over this visible one. We know that what He says about eternity is true because we can see that what He has said about the earthly ages is true.

 

 

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Revelation 6:1 (KJV) Heaven and Earth

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