Things ever gotten so bad that you couldn’t bear it anymore? Ever go to the point where the aches and pains were so great you just wanted a way out? Ever got sick and tired of being sick and tired? Ever got to the point where you were being attacked and didn’t understand why? Ever had people judging you because of what was happening to you without them really knowing what was going on? Ever pleaded with God?
Ever gotten to the end of your rope and just cried out to God for judgment because you wanted to know what was going on and why? Ever gotten to the end of your rope and just needed God to step in to help you understand what was going on? Ever gotten to the end of your rope and God was the only one who would be able to bring any sense, any wisdom, any discernment out of it all? Ever gotten to the end of your rope and just needed some hope?
Today’s reading from Job shows Job at the end of his rope facing just such points in his life. First in Job 30 where we read about his cry of agony. Then in Job 31 where we read about his cry for judgment.
Today’s reading continues into Luke 20. How do you answer people who as you questions to try and trip you up? How do you answer people who are asking questions but have no real interest in hearing the truth? We see Jesus being confronted in just such a predicament and He answers with a question…check this out.
2And they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is the one who gave You this authority?”
3But answering, Yeshua said to them, “I also will ask you a question, and you tell Me:
4the immersion of John—was it from heaven or from men?”
5They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’
6But if we say, ‘From men,’ then all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John is a prophet.”
7So they answered that they didn’t know where it came from.
8And Yeshua said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
–from Luke 20
Imagine laying all the ground work for a great success, a great harvest, a great outcome…Now imagine what would happen if you delegated it and things went bad, I mean really bad…How would you handle it? Check this parable out…
9Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went on a journey for a long time.
10And at the season, he sent a servant to the tenants so that they would give him part of the vineyard’s fruit. But the tenants beat him up and sent him away empty-handed.
11So he proceeded to send another servant. They beat him too and treated him shamefully, and they sent him away empty-handed.
12And he proceeded to send a third one. They wounded this one too, and they threw him out.
13“Now the master of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love. Probably they will show him respect.’
14But when the tenants saw him, they discussed the matter among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir! Let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours.’
15So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the master of the vineyard do to them?
16He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” But when they heard this, they said, “May it never happen!”
–from Luke 20
Imagine that! Now being in the future and being able to know the rest of the story, we realize that the son who was killed was Jesus. God’s plan is that all would have the chance to know Him and live in relationship with Him! God’s plan was that people could have a hope and a future. But one day there will be final judgment and everyone will have to account for what they have done! And those who are in the book of life and under the blood of the lamb will spend eternity with God! And those who aren’t and have decided to live apart from God and out of relationship from Jesus will spend eternity apart from God for the rest of eternity!
Jesus responded to their cry with …
17Then Yeshua looked right at them and said, “Then what is this that has been written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone’?
18Everyone who falls on that stone will be shattered; but the one upon whom it falls, it will crush him.”
19The Torah scholars and the ruling kohanim tried to grab Him that very hour, because they realized that He spoke this parable against them—but they feared the people.
–from Luke 20
So they were upset and tried to find a way to trip him up and be able to get rid of Jesus. But Jesus knew their hearts and what they were trying to do and didn’t fall into their snares and traps.
20Now they watched Him and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order to trap Him in His words so they could hand Him over to the power and authority of the governor.
21And they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You tell it straight and You teach it straight. You show no partiality, but teach the way of God according to the truth.
22Is it permitted for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
23But carefully considering their treachery, Yeshua said to them,
24“Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” And they said, “Caesar’s.”
25Then He said to them, “Well then, give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
26And they could not trap Him in His words in the presence of the people. Astonished by His answer, they kept silent.
27Then some of the Sadducees (who deny there is a resurrection) came and questioned Yeshua.
28“Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that ‘if a man’s brother dies’ having a wife ‘but no children, then his brother should take the widow and father children for his brother.’
29Now there were seven brothers, and the first took a wife and died childless;
30and the second
31and the third took her, but in this same way, each of the seven brothers died and left no children.
32Finally the woman died too.
33So in the resurrection, whose wife is she? For all seven had married her.”
34Yeshua said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage.
35But those considered worthy to reach the olam ha-ba and the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
36For they can no longer die, because they are like angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
37But at the burning bush even Moses revealed that the dead are raised, when he calls Adonai ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’
38Now He is God not of the dead but of the living, for to Him they all are living.”
39Some of the Torah scholars replied, “Teacher, You have said it well.”
40For they no longer dared to question Him about anything.
41Then Yeshua said to them, “How can they say that the Messiah is Ben-David?
42For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, ‘Adonai said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand,
43until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’
44David then calls Him ‘Lord’; so how is He his son?”
45Then with all the people listening, Yeshua said to the disciples,
46“Beware of the Torah scholars, who like to walk around in long robes. They love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at feasts.
47They devour widows’ houses and make long prayers as a show. These men will receive greater condemnation!”
–from Luke 20
So in the end we will all face judgment. In the end we will stand for what did or didn’t do. In the end our choices will be looked at and into. In the end we will find we had a choice to follow after Jesus or no and how that decision will impact the rest of eternity! So choose well! Choose right! Choose now for you can start to live in a relationship with Jesus today and not just in eternity!
If I had started my blog today it would have been 2016 to eternity, but I started it back in 2005. If I had a started my relationship with Jesus back when I was younger rather than in 2000, I could have matured and had more wisdom earlier in my life. But God loves us and He created an opportunity for me to meet with Him and to hear the message of truth and hope that it is more than just a routine, more than just a religion, more than just a pattern, He showed me it was all about having a relationship with Jesus! Walking and listening to the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit who will guide us and comfort us! God’s got incredible plans for us who believe and will choose to follow after Him! Is today your day? Have you already chosen to follow? Are you still trying to get it? Are you wanting to understand it all? Here are two things to consider…
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness!
Seek God with all your heart, all your mind, all your strength!
And you will find him!
Today’s reading concludes in Revelation 15. Oh the greatness of God! Oh the wonders of God! Oh the hope that comes from a relationship with God! Oh the despair for those who see and still choose to not believe! I pray that God’s Word and God’s Truth will speak hope and life to you and that your day and your life will be transformed today in Jesus’ name. Amen.