Morning Reads & Reflection - (Luke 21:12-19; Hebrews 12:1-10; & Matthew 20:1-16) “God’s Generosity.”
Good morning. Great is His faithfulness.
NOTE: The Greek word of the day, ἐπισχύωepischýō, ep-is-khoo'-o; from G1909 and G2480; to avail further, i.e. (figuratively) insist stoutly:—be the more fierce.
Luke 23:5:5 But they were the more FIERCE, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”
12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons.You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will[a]answer;15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or[b]resist.16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death.17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost.19 By your patience possess your souls.
SIGNS OF THE END: see also Matthew 24:1-14; Mark 13:1-13- Jesus prophesied the fall of Jewish temple that the Roman’s burned down in AD 70. Jesus also talked about the signs of the end for our generation the beginning of sorrows. Jesus said many will come in His Name and do not be deceived and go after them. He also said Nation will rise against Nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be GREAT EARTHQUAKES -(recently in Turkey and many more around the world), and there will famines, pestilences, and many fearful sights and great sights from heaven. Things are getting interesting around the world read also starting at v. 5-38 if any of you have times it’s a great read for sure.
The Race of Faith
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Discipline of God3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the [c]chastening of theLord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If[d] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
12:1: The cloud of witnesses includes not only the OT saints mentioned in Hebrews 11, but all the saints and the martyrs of the Lord in all ages … If they made it, so we can motivate us … We preserve by getting rid of sin, the weight that keeps us from seeing, seeking, and hearing the truth; we must make our destination the heavenly city, running the race of faith; and keeping our attention focused on Jesus Christ our Lord and King – (HEBREWS 12:2) … The race is not a sprint but a marathon of endurance: It does not end until we fully enter the age to come – (see, also 1Corinthians 9:24-27) …
Hebrews 12:2: 2 looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Revelation 1:2: who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
1Corinthians 9:24-27: Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may [a]obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize [b]is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus, I fight not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
12:2-3: Christ is both the author, that is the “initiator”, and “THE FINISHER”, that is, the perfecter of faith … His joy was to do God’s will … He endured the cross in that He voluntarily accepted humiliation and death … “WE ARE CALLED TO DO THE SAME AS OUR LORD, IMITATE HIS DETERMINATION AND PERSEVERANCE…”
12:4-11: Unpleasant circumstances, which tempt us to complain, may be the chastening of the Lord – (V. 5) … If the loving discipline of our human fathers brought us to respect them, how much more deserving of respect is the discipline of the Father of spirits – (v. 9), our Creator, whose breath gives us life – (Genesis 1:26; and Genesis 2:7)???
Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis 2:7: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Matthew 20:1 -16
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing[a]idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard,[b]and whatever is right you will receive.’
8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them theirwages, beginning with the last to the first.’ 9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they [c]complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked onlyone hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For[d] many are called, but few chosen.”
20:1-16: PARABLE VINEYARD: Vineyard is life in this world: The DAY is referring to both the span of a single person's life and to the whole of human history: THE LABORERS, are all the people in every nation: each HOUR can refer to times in a person's life, infancy, youth, adulthood, maturity or even in old age: Second meaning: in the span of history, referring to those called during the covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and finally Christ: The Lord's generosity provide equal reward for both early and late comers, it's and upside down Kingdom, The Last will be first and the first will be last!!! We are not to resent those who get saved in the eleventh hour, is better to be late than never show up at all!!!
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord[a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell