What if today is the day, are you ready? What if this is the hour, are you ready? What if this is the time, are you ready? Are you prepared for what is to come? Is there something you need to do to get ready? Is there something you need to do to get prepared? Have you started? What are you waiting for?
Do you want to be surprised? Do you want to miss out? Will you be prepared? Are you ready?
Are you focus on doing what you’ve been called to do? Are you more concerned about how others are being treated? Are you OK to do what you agreed to? Will you be OK with the deal you made?
Are you OK to be first? Are you OK to be last? Is it most important to just be in?
Don’t grumble! Be happy with what you have received!
Why not just be happy that everyone got in rather than who is first and who is last or who serves and who is served? We’ve been called to lead by serving! Want to be greatest then become the least and serve others! Will you have faith enough to believe? Will you have faith enough to obey? Will you have faith enough to be prepared?
Today’s reading comes from 1 Chronicles and Matthew…
1The sons of Levi: Gershom, Kohath and Merari.
2These are the names of the sons of Gershom: Libni and Shimei.
3The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.
4The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their clans.
5Of Gershom: Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son,
6 Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son and Jeatherai his son.
7The sons of Kohath: Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son,
8Elkanah his son, and Ebiasaph his son, Assir his son,
9Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son and Shaul his son.
10The sons of Elkanah: Amasai and Ahimoth,
11his son Elkanah, Zophai his son, Nahath his son,
12 Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son.
13The sons of Samuel: his first-born Vashni, then Abiah.
14The sons of Merari: Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzzah his son,
15Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.
16Now these are the men David appointed to be in charge of the singing in the House of Adonai, after the Ark came to rest.
17They ministered with song in front of the Tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting, until Solomon built the House of Adonai in Jerusalem. They carried out their avodah according to their regulations.
18These are the ones who took their station, with their sons. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman the singer, son of Joel, son of Samuel,
19son of Elkanah, son of Jeroham, son of Eliel, son of Toah,
20son of Zuph, son of Elkanah, son of Mahath, son of Amasai,
21son of Elkanah, son of Joel, son of Azariah, son of Zephaniah,
22son of Tahath, son of Assir, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah,
23son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, son of Israel.
24His kinsman Asaph stood on his right—Asaph son of Berechiah, son of Shimea,
25son of Michael, son of Baaseiah, son of Malchijah,
26son of Ethni, son of Zerah, son of Adaiah,
27son of Ethan, son of Zimmah, son of Shimei,
28son of Jahath, son of Gershom, son of Levi.
29On the left hand their kinsmen the sons of Merari: Ethan son of Kishi, son of Abdi, son of Malluch,
30son of Hashabiah, son of Amaziah, son of Hilkiah,
31son of Amzi, son of Bani, son of Shemer,
32son of Mahli, son of Mushi, son of Merari, son of Levi.
33Their fellow Levites were appointed for all the avodah of the tabernacle of the House of God.
34But Aaron and his sons were the ones presenting offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense, for all the service of the Holy of Holies and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.
35Now these are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phineas his son, Abishua his son,
36Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,
37Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,
38Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.
Towns and Lands for Levites
39Now these are their dwelling places according to their encampments in their territories. To Aaron’s sons of the Kohathite families (for theirs was the first lot),
40to them they assigned Hebron in the land of Judah, and the open land around it;
41but the fields of the city and the villages, they gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh.
42To sons of Aaron they gave the cities of refuge: Hebron, also Libnah with its open land, Jattir, Eshtemoa with its open land,
43Hilen with its open land, Debir with its open land,
44Ashan with its open land, and Beth-shemesh with its open land.
45From the tribe of Benjamin: Geba with its open land, and Alemeth with its open land, and Anathoth with its open land. They had 13 cities in all among their families.
46To the rest of the sons of Kohath ten cities were assigned by lot from the family of the half-tribe of Manasseh.
47To the sons of Gershom, according to their families, 13 cities were assigned from the tribe of Issachar, from the tribe of Asher, from tribe of Naphtali and from the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.
48To the sons of Merari 12 cities were assigned by lot, according to their families, from the tribe of Reuben, from the tribe of Gad and from the tribe of Zebulun.
49So Bnei-Yisrael gave to the Levites the cities with their open land.
50They also assigned by lot from the tribe of the children of Judah, from the tribe of the children of Simeon, and from the tribe of the children of Benjamin, these cities that were mentioned by name.
51Some of the families of the sons of Kohath had cities of their territory from the tribe of Ephraim.
52They assigned to them as cities of refuge: Shechem in the hill-country of Ephraim with its open land, Gezer also with its open land,
53Jokmeam with its open land, Beth-horon with its open land
54Aijalon with its open land, and Gath-rimmon with its open land.
55Also from the half-tribe of Manasseh: Aner with its open land and Bileam with its open land, for the rest of the family of the sons of Kohath.
56To the sons of Gershom were assigned, from the family of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its open land and Ashtaroth with its open land,
57and from the tribe of Issachar, Kedesh with its open land, Dobrath with its open land,
58Ramoth with its open land, and Anem with its open land,
59and from the tribe of Asher, Mashal with its open land, Abdon with its open land,
60Hukok with its open land, Rehob with its open land,
61and from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with its open land, Hammon with its open land and Kiriathaim with its open land.
62To the rest—the sons of Merari—were assigned, from the tribe of Zebulun, Rimmono with its open land, Tabor with its open land,
63and beyond the Jordan at Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the wilderness with its open land, Jahaz with its open land,
64Kedemoth with its open land, and Mephaath with its open land
65and from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with its open land, Mahanaim with its open land,
66Heshbon with its open land, and Jazer with its open land.
–from 1 Chronicles 6
God’s got a plan! Will you be ready to answer the call? Will you be ready to complete the work? Will you be ready to finish strong? Don’t lose hope and don’t give up!
Parable of the Day Laborers
1“For the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
2Now when he had agreed with the workers for a denarius per day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing in the marketplace, idle.
4And to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and I’ll give you whatever is right.’
5So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour and did the same.
6And about the eleventh hour, he went out and found others standing around. And he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle the whole day?’
7“‘Because no one hired us,’ they said to him. “He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard, too.’
8“Now when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’
9And those who had come about the eleventh hour each received a denarius.
10And when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; yet they too received a denarius.
11“But when they received it, they began to grumble against the master of the house,
12saying, ‘These last guys did one hour, and you’ve made them equal to us, who bore the burden and scorching heat of the day!’
13“But answering, he said to one of them, ‘Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius?
14Take what is yours and go. But I want to give this last guy the same as you.
15Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’
16“So the last will be first, and the first last.”
Third Prediction: Death and Resurrection
17Now as Yeshua was going up to Jerusalem, He took the Twelve aside privately; and on the way he told them,
18“Look, we’re going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the ruling kohanim and Torah scholars. They will condemn Him to death
19and hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify. Yet on the third day, He will be raised up.”
Leading by Serving
20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came with her sons to Yeshua, and she was kneeling down and asking something from Him.
21“What do you want?” He said to her. She said to Him, “Declare that these two sons of mine might sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your kingdom.”
22But Yeshua replied, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?” “We are able,” they say to Him.
23He said to them, “You shall indeed drink My cup. But to sit on My right and left, this isn’t Mine to grant. Rather, it’s for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.”
24Now when the ten heard, they became indignant with the two brothers.
25But Yeshua called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones play the tyrant over them.
26It shall not be this way among you. But whoever wants to be great among you shall be your servant,
27and whoever wants to be first among you shall be your slave—
28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
What Do You Want Me to Do for You?
29Now as they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him.
30And here two blind men sitting by the roadside, when they heard that Yeshua was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Master, Ben-David!”
31The crowd warned them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Master, Ben-David!”
32Yeshua stopped and called out to them. “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said.
33They said to Him, “Master, let our eyes be opened!”
34Moved with compassion, Yeshua touched their eyes. Instantly they regained their sight and followed Him.
–from Matthew 20