9/22/2014

sometimes forget

Thursday October 2nd,  Matthew 21:  28 "What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.'  29 " 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. In Matthews society, telling the father “no” is a major act of shaming a father in public.  In this case, the son said no but then changed his mind and later went.  For Matthews’s church this would be the ones who rejected the word of God, not only verbally, but with their actions and lives, but later, like the gentiles who were coming to the new followers of Christ, came to God.  The church was a little suspect as it begin filling up with those of not the best reputation, the sinners and tax collectors Jesus talked about.  In Jesus ministry however, Jesus was always going to the outsiders in order to show the Gospel to the insiders.  Outsiders are hungry for the Gospel and want to hear all about it.  Insiders can sometimes begin to think they have heard it all and don’t even realize their road has just taken a hard turn to the right.  The trouble with insiders is that they sometimes forget why they are there.  Our churches are filled with insiders.

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