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*Matthew 20:1-16 outline ideas*
TITLE: /Good Morning, Early Bird!/
THEME: God’s grace changes everything.
God’s grace is surprisingly generous.
*HOOK: *
INTRO:
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Good morning!
I’m glad to be here with you today.
#. 26 of us spent two weeks enjoying the Holy Land.
We visited Egypt (1 slide), Israel (1 slide) and Jordan (1 slide).
But Dorothy’s right – there’s no place like home.
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Last Tuesday night our group landed at LAX.
We got home Wednesday morning and have been experiencing something called “jet lag.”
Have you ever had it?
It’s a condition somewhat like what happened to our luggage.
It turned out that three of us didn’t get our luggage when we got off the plane.
Somehow our bags took a different route.
So we filled out a claim and waited for our bags to show up.
24 hours later they were delivered to our door.
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Jet lag is like that.
Your body arrives home, but your brain takes a different route.
It takes time to get the body clock synchronized.
TRANSITION: We’re in a “Good Morning” series.
Today, we say “good morning early birds.”
The early bird gets the worm.
You get what is coming to you.
What’s fair is fair.
Equal pay for equal work.
The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”
READ: Please stand and join me for the reading of God’s Word.
/1 //“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard.//
//2 //He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.//
//3 //“About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.//
//4 //He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’//
//5 //So they went.
“He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing.//
//6 //About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around.
He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’// //7 //“ ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’//
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/8 //“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’//
//9 //“The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius.//
//10 //So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more.
But each one of them also received a denarius.//
//11 //When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.//
//12 //‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’//
//13 //“But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you.
Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?/
/14 //Take your pay and go.
I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you.// /
/15 //Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money?
Or are you envious because I am generous?’//
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/16 //“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”/
*We can summarize this text with the saying I heard years ago: */*I was Behind Before but now I’m First at Last*/
Jesus is answering a question of Peter that arises in Matthew 19.
/16 //Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” /
/17 //“Why do you ask me about what is good?”
Jesus replied.
“There is only One who is good.
If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
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/18 //“Which ones?” the man inquired.
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/Jesus replied, “ ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, //19 //honor your father and mother,’/a /and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’/b”
/20 //“All these I have kept,” the young man said.
“What do I still lack?”
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/21 //Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
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/22 //When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
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/23 //Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
//24 //Again I tell you//, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”// /
/25 //When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “//Who then can be saved?//”
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/26 //Jesus looked at them and said, “//With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible//.”
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/27 //Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! //*What then will there be for us?*//” /
/28 //Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
//29 //And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother/c /or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
//30 //But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
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Peter had a question we all ask: WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
This parable is about how God’s methods seem upside down to us.
He shows grace to the unworthy.
\\ OVERVIEW:
*1.
Situation: */1 //“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out //*early*// in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard.//
//2 //He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard./
*harvest time – August-September.
Vineyard.
Day laborers.
Contract – fair wage (denarius = pay for soldiers, workers)*
*2.
**For some reason, task isn’t getting done.*
*9 AM */3 //“About the //*third hour 9 AM *//he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.//
//4 //He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and //I will pay you whatever is right//.’//
/
*NOON */5 //So they went.
“He went out again about the //*sixth hour NOON */
*3 PM */and the //*ninth hour*// //*3 PM*// and did the same thing./
*5 PM */6 //About the //*eleventh hour*// //*5 PM*// he went out and found still others standing around.
He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’// //7 //“ ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’//
/
*3.
**Payroll time.
Workers paid same day.
“Daily bread” some lived day to day.
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/8 //“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’/
*4.
Reversal of order.
Last hired get paid first.
Raises tension of story.*
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