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Summary: God’s grace is extended to us. It is not something you earn or deserve. The Lord has the right to give it as He sees fit.

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UNLIMITED GRACE OF GOD

MATTHEW 20:1-16

INTRO

TURN TO MATTHEW 20:1-16

THIS MORNING WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT BEING FAIR AND JUST. BUT I THINK IF WE LOOK AT IT THROUGH THE EYES OF THE LORD, I THINK WE MIGHT CHANGE OUR VIEW OR POSITION.

WERE GOING TO LOOK AT THE VINEYARD OWNER AND THE VINEYARD WORKERS, AND HOW THE OWNER TREATS HIS WORKERS.

ILLUSTRATION-

REMEMBER BACK IN DECEMBER, THE NEWLY CROWNED MISS AMERICA TARA CONNERS GOT INTO TROUBLE FOR UNDERAGE DRINKING AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.

I AM SURE THAT THE RUNNER UP THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS GOING TO BE CROWNED THE NEW MISS AMERICA.

DONALD TRUMP STEPS IN AND ANNOUNCES THAT TARA WAS GOING TO BE GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE.

HOW COULD DONALD TRUMP PARDON HER- BECAUSE HE OWNS THE CONTEST, BECAUSE IT IS HIS RIGHT TO DO WHAT HE WANTS TO WITHIN THAT ORGANIZATION.

PSALM 50:9-12- GOD SAID- “I HAVE NO NEED OF A BULL FROM YOUR STALL, OR A GOAT FROM YOUR PENS, FOR EVERY ANIMAL OF THE FORREST IS MINE, AND THE CATTLE ON A THOUSAND HILLS, I KNOW EVERY BIRD IN THE MOUNTAINS, AND THE CREATURES OF THE FIELDS ARE MINE.

I AM NOT COMPARING TRUMP TO GOD, BUT I WANT YOU TO SEE AS WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS PASSAGE THAT GOD IS GOD, AND HE CAN DO AS HE SEES FIT, EVEN IF IT DOES NOT SEEM FAIR TO US.

READ MATTHEW 20:1-16

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS EXACTLY THAT, THE KINGDOM OF GOD. AS ILLUSTRATED IN THIS PARABLE, THE LANDOWNER GOES OUT TO GET WORKERS FOR HIS FIELD...HIS VINEYARD.

SOME OF US COME FROM ALL KINDS OF WALKS OF LIFE, SOME OF US HAVE SERVED GOD FOR 50 YEARS AND SOME OF US IT IS NOT EVEN A YEAR.

SOME BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY HAVE CAME FROM GOD AND SHOULD BE USED FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND SOME FEEL EVERYTHING IS MINE, GOD HAS PLENTY OF HIS OWN.

LETS SEE THE BACKGROUND OF THIS PARABLE:

MEN WOULD COME EARLY 6 A.M. TO THE MARKETPLACE FOR WORK, IT WAS LIKE THE TEMP SERVICE OR JOB AGENCY.

THE OWNERS WOULD COME EARLY AND PICK FROM THESE MEN TO WORK

SLAVES AND SERVANTS WERE AT LEAST ASSOCIATED WITH A FAMILY, BUT THESE MEN (LABORERS) IF THEY DID NOT GET WORK, THEY WERE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO FEED THEIR FAMILY THAT DAY.

END OF SEPTEMBER IN PALESTINE WAS THE GRAPE HARVEST, THEY WOULD GATHER GRAPES BEFORE THE FALL RAIN WOULD RUIN THE CROP.

THE OWNER OF THE VINEYARD WAS FRANTIC, THEY DID NOT WANT TO LOSE THE GRAPES

THE WORKERS AGREED TO ONE DENARIUS A DAY FOR THEIR PAY.

I’LL TAKE YOU, YOU, YOU, UNTIL THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD ENOUGH HELP.

A DAY FOR A JEWISH PERSON WAS 6 A.M. UNTIL 6 P.M.- THESE GUYS AGREED THAT THEY WERE GOING TO WORK THAT LONG.

ONE DENARIUS IS EQUIVALENT TO OUR PENNY, BUT BACK THEN THAT WAS A GOOD WAGE. A ROMAN SOLDIER WAS PAID A DENARIUS A DAY, SO FOR THEM TO GET WHAT A SOLDIER WAS GETTING WAS FAIR.

KEEPING IN MIND HIS FIELD, THE OWNER RETURNED THREE HOURS LATTER TO GET SOME MORE MEN, 6 HOURS LATTER, 11 HOURS LATTER, WANTING TO MAKE SURE H IS FIELD IS COMPLETED.

THE FIRST GROUP AGREES ON A PRICE, ALL THE OTHERS AGREED TO WHAT WAS FAIR.

THEY MUST OF TRUSTED THE OWNER FROM PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES.

AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS TIME TO PAY UP. DURING THAT TIME, IT WAS SIN FOR A BOSS TO HOLD A MANS WAGES, SO EVERYDAY THEY WERE PAID WHAT WAS DUE THEM.


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