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June 5, 2018

Jeremiah 1-2, Matthew 20

I find it interesting that in the twentieth chapter of Matthew, that Jesus describes what His ultimate mission is for the third time and the disciples still don't get it. He literally tells them (again) that He will be killed in Jerusalem and raised on the third day, but they still had no clue what He was talking about. They were too worried about who was going to be the greatest! Now I know it says that it was James and John's mother that actually asked the question, but you know that they were probably encouraging her to ask it.


Don't we do the same thing? Jesus is always trying to tell us something, but we wind up too consumed with other things? And most of the time, like in this case, those other things are of minimal importance. Let's put aside our own ambitions and focus on what the Lord has for us. Let's make sure that we don't miss the big things that Jesus is doing in our midst.


JEREMIAH 1

1 The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests living in Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 2 The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah. 3 It also came throughout the days of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah, king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile. 

THE CALL OF JEREMIAH

4 The word of the Lord came to me: 

5 I chose you before I formed you in the womb; 

I set you apart before you were born. 

I appointed you a prophet to the nations. 

6 But I protested, “Oh no, Lord God! Look, I don’t know how to speak since I am only a youth.” 

7 Then the Lord said to me: 

Do not say, “I am only a youth,” 

for you will go to everyone I send you to 

and speak whatever I tell you. 

8 Do not be afraid of anyone, 

for I will be with you to rescue you. 

This is the Lord’s declaration. 

9 Then the Lord reached out his hand, touched my mouth, and told me: 

I have now filled your mouth with my words. 

10 See, I have appointed you today 

over nations and kingdoms 

to uproot and tear down, 

to destroy and demolish, 

to build and plant. 

TWO VISIONS

11 Then the word of the Lord came to me, asking, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” 

I replied, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” 

12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I watch over my word to accomplish it.” 13 Again the word of the Lord came to me asking, “What do you see?” 

And I replied, “I see a boiling pot, its lip tilted from the north to the south.” 

14 Then the Lord said to me, “Disaster will be poured out from the north on all who live in the land. 15 Indeed, I am about to summon all the clans and kingdoms of the north.” 

This is the Lord’s declaration. 

They will come, and each king will set up his throne 

at the entrance to Jerusalem’s gates. 

They will attack all her surrounding walls 

and all the other cities of Judah. 

16 “I will pronounce my judgments against them for all the evil they did when they abandoned me to burn incense to other gods and to worship the works of their own hands. 

17 “Now, get ready. Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them or I will cause you to cower before them. 18 Today, I am the one who has made you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the population. 19 They will fight against you but never prevail over you, since I am with you to rescue you.” 

This is the Lord’s declaration. 

JEREMIAH 2

ISRAEL ACCUSED OF APOSTASY

1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Go and announce directly to Jerusalem that this is what the Lord says: 

I remember the loyalty of your youth, 

your love as a bride— 

how you followed me in the wilderness, 

in a land not sown. 

3 Israel was holy to the Lord, 

the firstfruits of his harvest. 

All who ate of it found themselves guilty; 

disaster came on them.” 

This is the Lord’s declaration. 

4 Hear the word of the Lord, house of Jacob 

and all families of the house of Israel. 

5 This is what the Lord says: 

What fault did your fathers find in me 

that they went so far from me, 

followed worthless idols, 

and became worthless themselves? 

6 They stopped asking, “Where is the Lord 

who brought us from the land of Egypt, 

who led us through the wilderness, 

through a land of deserts and ravines, 

through a land of drought and darkness, 

a land no one traveled through 

and where no one lived?” 

7 I brought you to a fertile land 

to eat its fruit and bounty, 

but after you entered, you defiled my land; 

you made my inheritance detestable. 

8 The priests quit asking, “Where is the Lord?” 

The experts in the law no longer knew me, 

and the rulers rebelled against me. 

The prophets prophesied by Baal 

and followed useless idols. 

9 Therefore, I will bring a case against you again. 

This is the Lord’s declaration. 

I will bring a case against your children’s children. 

10 Cross over to the coasts of Cyprus,n and take a look. 

Send someone to Kedar and consider carefully; 

see if there has ever been anything like this: 

11 Has a nation ever exchanged its gods? 

(But they were not gods!) 

Yet my people have exchanged their Glory 

for useless idols. 

12 Be appalled at this, heavens; 

be shocked and utterly desolated! 

This is the Lord’s declaration. 

13 For my people have committed a double evil: 

They have abandoned me, 

the fountain of living water, 

and dug cisterns for themselves— 

cracked cisterns that cannot hold water. 

CONSEQUENCES OF APOSTASY

14 Is Israel a slave? 

Was he born into slavery? 

Why else has he become a prey? 

15 The young lions have roared at him; 

they have roared loudly. 

They have laid waste his land. 

His cities are in ruins, without inhabitants. 

16 The men of Memphis and Tahpanhes 

have also broken your skull. 

17 Have you not brought this on yourself 

by abandoning the Lord your God 

while he was leading you along the way? 

18 Now what will you gain 

by traveling along the way to Egypt 

to drink the water of the Nile? 

What will you gain 

by traveling along the way to Assyria 

to drink the water of the Euphrates? 

19 Your own evil will discipline you; 

your own apostasies will reprimand you. 

Recognize how evil and bitter it is 

for you to abandon the Lord your God 

and to have no fear of me. 

This is the declaration 

of the Lord God of Armies. 

20 For long ago I broke your yoke; 

I tore off your chains. 

You insisted, “I will not serve!” 

On every high hill 

and under every green tree 

you lay down like a prostitute. 

21 I planted you, a choice vine 

from the very best seed. 

How then could you turn into 

a degenerate, foreign vine? 

22 Even if you wash with lye 

and use a great amount of bleach,,a 

the stain of your iniquity is still in front of me. 

This is the Lord God’s declaration. 

23 How can you protest, “I am not defiled; 

I have not followed the Baals”? 

Look at your behavior in the valley; 

acknowledge what you have done. 

You are a swift young camel 

twisting and turning on her way, 

24 a wild donkey at home in the wilderness. 

She sniffs the wind in the heat of her desire. 

Who can control her passion? 

All who look for her will not become weary; 

they will find her in her mating season. 

25 Keep your feet from going bare 

and your throat from thirst. 

But you say, “It’s hopeless; 

I love strangers, 

and I will continue to follow them.” 

26 Like the shame of a thief when he is caught, 

so the house of Israel has been put to shame. 

They, their kings, their officials, 

their priests, and their prophets 

27 say to a tree, “You are my father,” 

and to a stone, “You gave birth to me.” 

For they have turned their back to me 

and not their face, 

yet in their time of disaster they beg, 

“Rise up and save us!” 

28 But where are your gods you made for yourself? 

Let them rise up and save you 

in your time of disaster if they can, 

for your gods are as numerous as your cities, Judah. 

JUDGMENT DESERVED

29 Why do you bring a case against me? 

All of you have rebelled against me. 

This is the Lord’s declaration. 

30 I have struck down your children in vain; 

they would not accept discipline. 

Your own sword has devoured your prophets 

like a ravaging lion. 

31 Evil generation, 

pay attention to the word of the Lord! 

Have I been a wilderness to Israel 

or a land of dense darkness? 

Why do my people claim, 

“We will go where we want; 

we will no longer come to you”? 

32 Can a young woman forget her jewelry 

or a bride her wedding sash? 

Yet my people have forgotten me 

for countless days. 

33 How skillfully you pursue love; 

you also teach evil women your ways. 

34 Moreover, your skirts are stained 

with the blood of the innocent poor. 

You did not catch them breaking and entering. 

But in spite of all these things 

35 you claim, “I am innocent. 

His anger is sure to turn away from me.” 

But I will certainly judge you 

because you have said, “I have not sinned.” 

36 How unstable you are, 

constantly changing your ways! 

You will be put to shame by Egypt 

just as you were put to shame by Assyria. 

37 Moreover, you will be led out from here 

with your hands on your head 

since the Lord has rejected those you trust; 

you will not succeed even with their help.


MATTHEW 20

THE PARABLE OF THE VINEYARD WORKERS

1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the workers on one denarius, he sent them into his vineyard for the day. 3 When he went out about nine in the morning, he saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He said to them, ‘You also go into my vineyard, and I’ll give you whatever is right.’ So off they went. 5 About noon and about three, he went out again and did the same thing. 6 Then about five he went and found others standing around and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing?’ 

7 “ ‘Because no one hired us,’ they said to him. 

“ ‘You also go into my vineyard,’ he told them. 8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard told his foreman, ‘Call the workers and give them their pay, starting with the last and ending with the first.’ 

9 “When those who were hired about five came, they each received one denarius. 10 So when the first ones came, they assumed they would get more, but they also received a denarius each. 11 When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner: 12 ‘These last men put in one hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden of the day’s work and the burning heat.’ 

13 “He replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius? 14 Take what’s yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what is mine? Are you jealous because I’m generous?’,d 

16 “So the last will be first, and the first last.”,e 

THE THIRD PREDICTION OF HIS DEATH

17 While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the twelve disciples aside privately and said to them on the way, 18 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death. 19 They will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised.” 

SUFFERING AND SERVICE

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons approached him with her sons. She knelt down to ask him for something. 21 “What do you want?” he asked her. 

“Promise,” she said to him, “that these two sons of mine may sit, one on your right and the other on your left, in your kingdom.” 

22 Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?”

“We are able,” they said to him. 

23 He told them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right and left is not mine to give; instead, it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 

24 When the ten disciples heard this, they became indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions act as tyrants over them. 26 It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

TWO BLIND MEN HEALED

29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 There were two blind men sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd demanded that they keep quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 

32 Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” 

33 “Lord,” they said to him, “open our eyes.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they could see, and they followed him. 


 Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017),