Day 8/8 – Parable of the Vineyard

Honesty  – Leviticus 19:11 (ESV)  “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.”  Leviticus 19:11

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15 “God calls you to invest in the lives of others.  If you are a follower of Christ you are in the people business giving your life helping others to grow closer to the Savior.  The only question facing you is how you go about influencing them for Christ.”     Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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A history of these Daily Devotions along with other valuable Resources can be found at: lylebrennan.com. 

This daily devotion contains, sequentially: Memory Verse (#1 above),  Daily Quote (#2 above): and, below: Daily Devotion from “Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man” by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”), Scripture Reading  (read the entire Bible in 1 year), and Prayer Requests. 

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Parable of the Vineyard

Day Two Hundred Twenty

“‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’  But he replied to one of them, ·Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?  Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you.'”  Matthew 20:12-14

Three factors determine what pay an employee” receives: The amount of time invested (if paid by the hour), the ability of the employee, and the profit he brings to the company.  Reward in the Kingdom of Heaven is determined by faithfulness to opportunity rather than by any of these three.  In the parable the owner selected people to work in the vineyard at various times of the day.  The owner decided when the laborer entered.  God decides how long each person spends in His vineyard.  At the end of the day each was paid the same amount.

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were two of Christ’s disciples.  James was the first to die at the hand of Herod, and his brother John, in all probability was one of the last of the disciples to die. John spent about 60 years longer in God’s vineyard than his brother James.  If the length of time each spent in the vineyard determined their wage, then James was punished for being a martyr.

God distributes in unequal amounts certain gifts, abilities, and opportunities. The sickly person with few gifts who dies early is not handicapped in the economy of God.  Your reward in heaven will not be determined by what God gave you, but by what you do with what God gave you and why you do it.

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Psalm 74-76 Romans 9:16-33 (New King James Version)

Psalm 74-76

A Plea for Relief from Oppressors

A [a]Contemplation of Asaph.

74 

O God, why have You cast usoff forever?

Whydoes Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?

Remember Your congregation, whichYou have purchased of old,

The tribe of Your inheritance, whichYou have redeemed—

This Mount Zion where You have dwelt.

Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations.

The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.

Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place;

They set up their banners forsigns.

They seem like men who lift up

Axes among the thick trees.

And now they break down its carved work, all at once,

With axes and hammers.

They have set fire to Your sanctuary;

They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground.

They said in their hearts,

“Let us [b]destroy them altogether.”

They have burned up all the meeting places of God in the land.

We do not see our signs;

There isno longer any prophet;

Nor is thereany among us who knows how long.

10 

O God, how long will the adversary [c]reproach?

Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?

11 

Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?

Take itout of Your bosom and destroy them.

12 

For God ismy King from of old,

Working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13 

You divided the sea by Your strength;

You broke the heads of the [d]sea serpents in the waters.

14 

You broke the heads of [e]Leviathan in pieces,

Andgave him asfood to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

15 

You broke open the fountain and the flood;

You dried up mighty rivers.

16 

The day isYours, the night also isYours;

You have prepared the light and the sun.

17 

You have set all the borders of the earth;

You have made summer and winter.

18 

Remember this, thatthe enemy has reproached, O Lord,

And thata foolish people has blasphemed Your name.

19 

Oh, do not deliver the life of Your turtledove to the wild beast!

Do not forget the life of Your poor forever.

20 

Have respect to the covenant;

For the [f]dark places of the earth are full of the [g]haunts of [h]cruelty.

21 

Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed!

Let the poor and needy praise Your name.

22 

Arise, O God, plead Your own cause;

Remember how the foolish man [i]reproaches You daily.

23 

Do not forget the voice of Your enemies;

The tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.

Thanksgiving for God’s Righteous Judgment

To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do[j] Not Destroy.” A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

75 

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!

For Your wondrous works declare thatYour name is near.

“When I choose the [k]proper time,

I will judge uprightly.

The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved;

I set up its pillars firmly. Selah

“I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’

And to the wicked, ‘Do not [l]lift up the horn.

Do not lift up your horn on high;

Do notspeak with [m]a stiff neck.’ ”

For exaltation comesneither from the east

Nor from the west nor from the south.

But God isthe Judge:

He puts down one,

And exalts another.

For in the hand of the Lord there isa cup,

And the wine is red;

It is fully mixed, and He pours it out;

Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth

Drain anddrink down.

But I will declare forever,

I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

10 

“All the [n]horns of the wicked I will also cut off,

Butthe horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”

The Majesty of God in Judgment

To the Chief Musician. On [o]stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

76 

In Judah God isknown;

His name isgreat in Israel.

In [p]Salem also is His tabernacle,

And His dwelling place in Zion.

There He broke the arrows of the bow,

The shield and sword of battle. Selah

You aremore glorious and excellent

Thanthe mountains of prey.

The stouthearted were plundered;

They [q]have sunk into their sleep;

And none of the mighty men have found the use of their hands.

At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob,

Both the chariot and horse were cast into a dead sleep.

You, Yourself, areto be feared;

And who may stand in Your presence

When once You are angry?

You caused judgment to be heard from heaven;

The earth feared and was still,

When God arose to judgment,

To deliver all the oppressed of the earth. Selah

10 

Surely the wrath of man shall praise You;

With the remainder of wrath You shall gird Yourself.

11 

Make vows to the Lord your God, and pay them;

Let all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared.

12 

He shall cut off the spirit of princes;

He isawesome to the kings of the earth.

Footnotes:

  • Psalm 74:1 Heb. Maschil
  • Psalm 74:8 oppress
  • Psalm 74:10 revile
  • Psalm 74:13 sea monsters
  • Psalm 74:14 A large sea creature of unknown identity
  • Psalm 74:20 hiding places
  • Psalm 74:20 homes
  • Psalm 74:20 violence
  • Psalm 74:22 revilesor taunts
  • Psalm 75:1 Heb. Al Tashcheth
  • Psalm 75:2 appointed
  • Psalm 75:4 Raise the head proudly like a horned animal
  • Psalm 75:5 Insolent pride
  • Psalm 75:10 Strength
  • Psalm 76:1 Heb. neginoth
  • Psalm 76:2 Jerusalem
  • Psalm 76:5 Lit. have slumbered their sleep

Romans 9:16-33

16 So then it isnot of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

22 Whatif God, wanting to show Hiswrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

25 As He says also in Hosea:

“I will call them My people, who were not My people,

And her beloved, who was not beloved.”

26 

“And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,

‘You arenot My people,’

There they shall be called sons of the living God.”

27 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:

“Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,

The remnant will be saved.

28 

For [a]He will finish the work and cut itshort in righteousness,

Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.”

29 And as Isaiah said before:

“Unless the Lord of [b]Sabaoth had left us a seed,

We would have become like Sodom,

And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”

Present Condition of Israel

30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law [c]of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they didnot seek itby faith, but as it were, [d]by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,

And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Footnotes:

  • Romans 9:28 NU the Lord will finish the work and cut it short upon the earth
  • Romans 9:29 Lit., in Heb., Hosts
  • Romans 9:31 NU omits of righteousness
  • Romans 9:32 NU by works,omitting of the law

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please Pray for the Second Saturdays Event coming up this Saturday, August 10, at 7pm (PST).  Pray God’s Spirit would move mightily in the men’s hearts and there would be both an inward and outward change in each man attending.  

Please Pray for Mark H. He has a blood clot in his leg and is suffering terrible pain.  Pray for God’s Healing and undeniable Touch on Mark’s life.  

UPDATE: You can’t make this stuff up… Sounds like a script for a movie…

As you may know, we have kept Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico on our Prayer Request list for quite a while now. This Sister and her family, in a short time period, has been hit with a more tragedies(persecution) than most of us in an entire life time…  the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children. RECENTLY, her modest home (a shack by any American standard) was burnt to the ground. …Her neighbor’s house caught fire and due to the closeness of her home, it caught fire, too.  Brothers & Sisters, please Pray for God’s Holy touch on Fabiola and her family.  Although we, His Children, are closely monitoring what assistance the Family of God might be able to provide the family through our Brother Ron Brink, in Mexico… our Prayers are essential. Please don’t relent!

Please continue to Pray for Geo, a banker, who was deployed by the military to the Mideast. Pray God would keep him safe and that God would bring Geo closer to Him; and, that Geo would share God with all his company and those who come in contact with him. 

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UPDATE: I’ve been told by one Geo’s co-workers, Lorraine Flores, who says she considers Geo a son, that the day Geo was deployed to the Mideast, his girlfriend delivered his new baby. Please Pray Geo would Walk in God’s Light and be a Godly husband and father. And, please Pray for Geo’s family. (Also, please Pray for both Lorraine Flores and her biological son that was deployed the same day as Geo, but to Africa.)

Please continue to Pray for Brother David Porter’s friend’s son, Giovanni (18yrs old). He was checked into an inpatient behavioral health facility last night. He is on suicide watch. Pray against the demon and lie of Suicide and Satan’s attacks on his life. Please Pray for God’s Strength, Healing, and Peace.

Please continue to Prayer for Sister Kay’s Granddaughter, and Sister Diana’s daughter, Alyssa, who is on medical mission in Spain. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Mark Pedder, a missionary in the Philippines. Please Pray for Mark, Mark’s wife for strength in their trials, tribulations and persecution. 

Please Pray for Brother David Porter’s sponsoring “Refuge for Women” an upcoming “Refuge Uniting In Prayer” meeting scheduled for August 14th. Pray for the for those involved in assisting women, the women who are victims and those warring with the sex trafficking industry in Las Vegas. 

Please continue to Pray for Gemma that she be delivered from evil and receive Jesus as her Savior. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Walt to be reconciled with his son and his son’s family. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother John LaPorte’s roommate, Brother Freddy, whose commitment to Christ caused his wife to separate from him for 6 years. The couple have 2 daughters. Both parents has stayed single all this time of separation… Within the recent past, it appears his wife, Arlene, has been Saved and the couple are beginning their reconciliation process. They are planning to reunite the family again under one roof in the next few months.  Please Pray for their total reconciliation with God at their helm. 

Please continue Pray for our President and ALL our government leaders of both parties. Pray they would submit their authority to His Authority and ask for His Wisdom in directing the affairs of our nation.  Please Pray that God would open their eyes and they would be obedient to His Will. 

Please continue to Pray for a group of well-known Southern Nevada commercial real estate brokers and associates recently in a one-car accident. The occupants had all been drinking alcohol.  One passenger died leaving 3 young daughters, one suffered serious head trauma, two had mild trauma, and the driver has been charged.  Please Pray for the driver and all those effected by this tragedy …that God would direct their eyes to Him, The King of Mercy, Grace and Salvation. 

Please  continue to Pray for Brother Frank Sun, a Taiwanese, that owns several businesses in China and Taiwan.  He recently preached the Gospel in his Taiwan company inviting his employees to accept salvation. He says that half of his Taiwan staff are now Christians. Please Pray Frank will continue to be bold in his sharing Christ in all his companies and that he will be faithful to disciple the new Believers.  

AND, let each of us use Frank’s example and share the Love and Salvation of Jesus to our coworkers, employees, family friends and acquaintances.  Brothers and Sisters, let’s take advantage of our God given opportunities, invest in the Eternal!

Please continue to Pray for Brother Walt and His Friday Bible Study.

Please continue to Pray for the Women’s Resources ministry in Las Vegas that they would lead women to the Lord and save babies. 

Please continue to Pray for Dave Ubank and his family. They are ministering and rescuing children and families in Syria directly affected by  Isis – Pray for their protection and their ministry.  For a short 2 minute video about Ubanks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_htIgIvgDM[/embedyt

Please continue to Pray for Jim Nelson and family ministering in China. 

Please continue to Pray for our Brothers’ and Sisters’ struggling with various addictions. Pray that God would reveal Himself to them that all things are possible through Him… He can Cure any addiction … He is our Great Creator, He is our Savior, He is our Healer …He is our All and All!  

Please continue to Pray for Alejandro Corral, his son Alejandro Jr., and his aunt Josefina. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Steve Venable dealing with ALS. 

Please continue to Pray for our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters and their families that are suffering and giving their lives for our Faith. 

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Please stand with your Brothers and Sisters in Prayer and Support. (See: The Voice of the Martyrs: https://www.persecution.com)

Please continue to pray for Biblical “headship” in families.

Please continue to Pray for all our children. 

Please continue to Pray that there would be a resurgence of Biblical “Fear of the Lord” in the church and in each of us… “to fear the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.”

Please continue to Pray for our nation that God would open all our eyes to the sin that is drowning us. Abortion, sex outside of marriage, hatred & divisiveness, greed, pride, only to name a few.  Please Pray and Fast for our nation to turn from this evil that is enveloping us.   

II Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Please continue to Pray for Brother Ron Brink’s son who had 3+ military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and who is now suffering brain damage and PTSD.  Pray for God’s Healing Power to fall upon Johnathon. (Ron is a 20 plus year missionary in Mexico with Touch Baja… for info on Touch Baja and how to touch the Mexican people for Christ, see http://www.touchbaja.com.)

Please continue to Pray for the Sharon India Foundation (“SIF”) to assisting the poor of India.  Through SIF: Widows have received medical treatment and been given quality sewing machines and training on how to use them to make a living. Orphans have been given free education in their neighborhood slum areas.  After natural disasters relief has been provided in the nature of medical, food items, blankets, clothing and building materials.  Bore wells have been successfully dug to provide fresh water to affected areas.  Water purification systems have also been given out on a limited basis. Special shoes have been purchased for lepers with ulcerated feet.  Thousands of books have been translated to assist in the ever growing discipleship outreach of E-Squared (Evangelism and Edification/Disciples).  Sharon India Foundation has no administrative costs and 100% of all donations go directly to the Indian pastors and their ministries. (Let’s reach India and beyond for Christ…see how you can help: https://sharonindia.org.)

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