August 29

Envious of God’s Generosity?

by Valery Dierdorf

Matt. 20:1-19

Don’t forget I was here first! I’ve been working longer than them! Did you forget I trained them? It’s just not fair!

Right before this text, we had the Scribes and Pharisees not liking that the children not only could come straight to Jesus but then he said, “The Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Are you kidding me?!?!  They thought their ‘position’ entitled heaven to belong to them.  See, he was trying to teach the first will be last and the last will be first.  Earthly view of importance and privileges versus the heavenly view.

Jesus’ mission and purpose are unlike anything the world has ever seen or heard before. He is committed to this self-sacrificing love.

In the final part of this passage, V16-19, he wasn’t trying to predict his death like a spoiler alert. He was trying to take each event to bring more understanding of the Kingdom of God. He was giving hints if you will.  Something different, unsettling, is going on.  It is about reversals of expectations, roles, and rules.  He was here to change something…or a lot of things.

Every great leader has or will die. But Jesus was setting them up for his return before his death.  Everything would be different very soon. 


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