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My Life! … A Vineyard?
And God said, Behold, I have given youevery herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in thewhich is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; toyou it shall be for meat.
We began this journey in February 2012. We talkedabout the artifacts of the vineyard (the hedge, thetower, the winepress the grapes, etc.). Wecontemplated the fact that the Lord sends"servants" to collect the fruit of the vine (love, joy,peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,meekness, faith and temperance).This month we'll wrap up the journey pulling backthe covers on the "wicked husbandmen." In caseyou missed the prior articles, the wickedhusbandmen … that's us. We are the keepers of ourLord's vineyard.I'm sorry … I missed that; please say it again.You're right … you're right … it's not nice to callpeople "wicked." Would it be better if I said that weare "unfaithful servants?" Okay, okay, you like thatbetter? The pay is the same, though.Please allow me to share something with you. Theterm "
" in this parable (with reference to thehusbandmen) has a most intriguing origin. It is aprimitive Hebrew, or Chaldean, word. It couldhave been translated "
." So allow me tointroduce you to the husbandmen again. These arepersons whose character has leaven, is bitter or ispuffed up. You may recall that our Lord'sdisposition to "leaven" was not favorable at all.Israel ate leaven bread, in Egypt. But when theydrew near, in the service of the Lord, they had toremove leaven from their presence. The Lord wasvery particular when describing sacrifices,acceptable; to Him. It was an egregious violation ofthe ordinances of God, for Israel to offer sacrifice"with leaven." During their solemn feasts, theywere not allowed to eat leaven, nor could theyretain leaven in their homes.
They had a holy daywas "the Feast of Unleavened Bread."
When theangels visited Lot in Sodom, he prepared for themunleavened bread.
Why does that matter to us? I knew that questionwas coming.It matters because
Sacrifices "R" Us.
For the life of the believer or Christian,(whichever works for you), leaven is forbidden.For the husbandmen over the vineyards of God,leaven is prohibitive. Why? Because a little leavenin the life of the believer, corrupts the whole.
Jesus warned His disciples of the leaven of thePharisee and of Herod.
What is the leaven of the Pharisees? As Luke wasscribing the account of the Gospel of Jesus Christ(being a physician, he is quite thorough); hequoted Jesus this way, "Beware of the leaven ofthe Pharisees, which is
." Paul, in talkingwith the believers at Corinth (shedding morelight) said "Purge out therefore the old leaven thatye may be a new lump, as ye are
leavened ...therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven,neither with the leaven of
;but with the unleavened breadof sincerity andtruth." Here we also get a glimpse of thesymbolism of the
Feast of Unleavened
bread.Now that we have a proper respect for the word"wicked" (within this context) let's look back atthose husbandmen. Can you now, very clearly,see the leaven (the malice and hypocrisy)? Theirmalice was that they mishandled the servants ofthe lord of the vineyard. Their hypocrisy was thatthey were hired to be
of the vineyard, butthey acted like they were the
. So we'veprofiled the wicked husbandmen. But what doesthat have to do with us? I was afraid that youwould ask that question. Well…Our lives are the vineyards of God. He has hiredthem out, to us, for the span of some three scoreand ten years. He created
for Himself, that Hemay offer to the nations the wine of His covenant(in us and through us). But we won't afford Himthat luxury. We won't be "
" of His vineyard;we want to be the "
." We refuse to be toldwhat to do with
life. The "choice is ours tomake," we say. And we will not brook any
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