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Summary: 7 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...

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PROPERLY APPROACHING PRIVILEGE-VII—Matthew 21:33-46

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A CHRISTIAN APPROACH To (American)PRIVILEGE

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Christians, like many Americans, can center their Privilege & Pride upon illegitimate sources.

Thru this parable, Jesus highlighted/clarified a proper approach to a God-ordained privilege.

There is a Proper(Christian) Approach to Privilege.

What is a Proper/Christian Approach to Privilege?

Or

How should Christians approach their God-ordained privilege?

9 approaches to Christian privilege.

We have previously discovered that we must

Approach our privilege with...

1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT(:33a)

2. RELIABILITY/Trustworthiness(:33b)

3. AVAILABILITY(:34)

4. HUMILITY(:35-39)

5. SENSIBILITY(:40-41)Logic/Reasonableness

6. BUILDING(:42)Edification

7. A PARTICULAR & PERTINENT PRODUCT(:43)

8—Approach your privilege with...

STABILITY(:44)

Explanation:(:44)

:44—“And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

Jesus’ words are applied from Isa. 8:13-15 & Dan. 2:34-35, 44-45...

Isa. 8:13-15—“The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling & a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap & a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble; They shall fall & be broken, Be snared & taken.”

Dan. 2:34-35, 44-45—“You[Nebuchadnezzar] watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron & clay, & broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, & the gold were crushed together, & became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain & filled the whole earth.”.....“And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; & the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces & consume all these kingdoms, & it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, & that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, & the gold--the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, & its interpretation is sure.”

a.—Any person who “falls”/trips/stumbles on” the stone of Jesus[directly opposed] will be “broken” to pieces.

This describes an active opposition of Jesus as Messiah. Such people fall/stumble over the stone, i.e., these do not accept Jesus’ being the cornerstone. Something about Jesus is offensive to them & He thus trips them up so that they cannot(will not) see Him as God’s Messiah. These are looking elsewhere for Messiah & stumble, producing a negative result.

Mat. 11:6(Lk. 7:23)—“And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

“Those who have rejected Jesus, for whom the cornerstone has become a stumbling stone, will be broken by Him.”—NAC

You can be on the church roll & in the church house, yet reject Jesus!

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