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Summary: 2 of ? 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...

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PROPERLY APPROACHING (American)PRIVILEGE-II

Matthew 21:33-46

OR:

A CHRISTIAN APPROACH To AMERICAN PRIVILEGE

Attention & Need:

Americans(& generally any nation which is free) 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:

Landowner—God

Vineyard—Israel as the focus of God’s attentions & love(& thus also speaks to the Church)

Wall—Ownership/Separation/Protection

Wine Press—Anticipation of fruitfulness/A return

Tower—Concern/Protection

Vine-growers—Spiritual Leaders/Nurture

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?

Or

How should America approach her God-ordained privilege?

9 approaches to American privilege.

We have previously discovered that we must

Approach our (American)privilege with...

1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT(:33a)

Furthermore, you must...

2—Approach your (American)privilege with...

RELIABILITY/Trustworthiness(:33b)

Explanation:(:33b)Entrust/Refreshment

:33b—“...And he leased it to vinedressers & went into a far country.”

The “Landowner” “plants” with the expectation & anticipation of a harvest.

The “Landowner” has expectations of the vine’s production.

The vineyard obviously requires specific care & attention.

*The “Landowner” “leased”/let out/rented or otherwise entrusted the “vineyard” to “vine-growers”/husbandmen/farmers.

*These “vine-growers” represent Israel’s Chief priests & Elders, i.e. their spiritual leadership. These are charged with tending the vines & vineyard. They are charged with encouraging fruit production from the “vineyard.”

These spiritual leaders are NOT the prophets, who are represented by the servants(:34-36)! But they are absolutely answerable to the message of the prophets & particularly the (S)son(:37). Their message is the same & comes directly & indirectly from God.

The “Landowner” “leases” the “vineyard” to those who have expertise in appropriately handling the vineyard & it’s produce. They were expected to be proficient at maintaining the “vineyard’s” health & coaxing it’s full fruitfulness.

They were specifically ‘called’ to the task(“lease”).

“The ‘lease’ allowed three forms: 1)Money-rent, 2)A proportion of the crop, or 3)A definite amount of the produce whether it was a good or bad year. Probably the last form is that contemplated here.”—RWP

They obviously were expected to be concerned with such a task. They were blessed & thus privileged to be such.

*After having established His “vineyard” & it’s care, the “Landowner” went on a journey away from his public & land, so that he was physically absent.

He had business to take care of & was comfortable that he had left his concerns/matters/obligations(2Tim. 2:11-13) in good hands.

2Tim. 2:11-13—“This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”


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