Summary: 1 of 8. Thru this parable, Jesus highlighted/clarified a proper approach to an God-ordained privilege. How should America approach her God-ordained privilege? Approach your (American)privilege with...
PROPERLY APPROACHING (American)PRIVILEGE-I—Matthew 21:33-46
A CHRISTIAN APPROACH To AMERICAN PRIVILEGE
A reading of ‘The Declaration of Independence’
We are A Privileged & Proud Nation/People...But many Americans, including yourselves, may find your ‘privilege & pride’ are misplaced--or--centered on illegitimate sources.
Characters/Representations in the parable:
Vineyard—Israel as the focus of God’s attentions & love(& thus also speaks to the Church)
Wine Press—Anticipation of fruitfulness/A return
Slaves—Prophets(Apostles & speaks to(?Preachers/Teachers?)
Son—Son of God/Jesus
Thru this parable, Jesus highlighted/clarified a proper approach to an God-ordained privilege.
There is a Proper(Christian) Approach to (American)Privilege.
What is a Proper/Christian Approach to (American)Privilege?
How should America approach her God-ordained privilege?
9 approaches to American privilege.
1—Approach your (American)privilege with...
:33a—“Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard & set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it & built a tower....”
Jesus was still speaking to the chief priests & elders(:23ff.).
He presented “another parable” to them which related to the current situation of their failed spiritual leadership.
Their failure was previously(“another”) presented—probably(?) in the same conversation— thru a parable of two sons(:28-32), which contrasted obedience versus disobedience to God.
*Jesus tells of a “certain” “man”(untranslated) who was a “landowner” or “householder”[oikodespothv].
*This certain “Landowner” is none other than God.
He is the owner of all because He is the Creator of all(Gen. 1:1--2:3; Ps. 50:10; Jn. 1:1-3).
Gen. 1:31-2:3—“Then God saw everything that He had made, & indeed it was very good. So the evening & the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens & the earth, & all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, & He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day & sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created & made.”
Jn. 1:1-3—“In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, & the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, & without Him nothing was made that was made.”
Ps. 50:10-14—“For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, & all its fullness. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High.”
*The “Landowner” intentionally “planted a vineyard.” He wanted the “vineyard.”
The “vineyard” represents God’s Kingdom/His people.