Sermon Title: "Waiving Rights, Embracing Righteousness"
August 26, 2018
Mark Schlonger

Scripture: Matthew 20:1-15

And God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt,  out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:1) 
 
Notes: The words above begin the Ten Commandments, the foundation of the law that God gave Israel through Moses. These commandments show God’s people what a relationship with God and others should look like. Although boundary markers in relationships are necessary, they can also be stumbling 
 
blocks if they are disconnected from their purpose. That is, these commandments were meant to preserve healthy relationships, not to burden or prevent them.  

From Mark Schloneger: "In Matthew 20, Jesus is trying to bug us a little, and he uses this parable as another way to emphasize what he has taught in several other places. Namely, that many people who are considered to be powerful and leaders will be revealed to be otherwise.  Sometimes, we base a lot of our spiritual worth on how much work we do for the church. And before we realize it, we slowly begin to assume that maybe we need less grace than some other people. Just as the one-hour workers received much more than they could have hoped for, we should feel challenged by this parable to see ourselves as the recipients of unmerited grace. This is a hard lesson for us to accept – we learn early on about “fairness” and asserting our rights. In this parable, in the kingdom, we are asked to place ourselves in the position of receiving without an sense of entitlement."

And God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:1) 
 
Notes: The words above begin the Ten Commandments, the foundation of the law that God gave Israel through Moses. These commandments show God’s people what a relationship with God and others should look like. Although boundary markers in relationships are necessary, they can also be stumbling 3 blocks if they are disconnected from their purpose. That is, these commandments were meant to preserve healthy relationships, not to burden or prevent them. 

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,  and with every living creature that is with you,  the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you,  as many as came out of the ark.  I establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Isaiah 2:4) 
 
Notes: (from Leader) An everlasting covenant is made between God, the people, and every living creature. God’s intentions for relationships with the earth are as wide and broad as the rainbow, the sign of this covenant. How are we invited to broaden our understandings of God’s covenant and what would that look like in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and creation? 


Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,  and with every living creature that is with you,  the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you,  as many as came out of the ark.  I establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Isaiah 2:4) 
 
Notes: (from Leader) An everlasting covenant is made between God, the people, and every living creature. God’s intentions for relationships with the earth are as wide and broad as the rainbow, the sign of this covenant. How are we invited to broaden our understandings of God’s covenant and what would that look like in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and creation? 

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