Matthew 20

20 Feb

Matthew 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

At the point that you begin to say “that’s not fair” you have reached the moment that you begin to understand grace.
At the moment that you begin to offer people what they don’t deserve you have reached the moment you begin to live out grace.

When Israel was delivered from Egypt they were given what we call the Ten Commandments. But the commandments don’t begin with a “thou shalt” or “thou shalt not” but a reminder “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery (Exodus 20:2).” They begin with grace. While you were slaves, I set you free. When you could do nothing for yourself and when you had earned nothing for yourselves I set you free.

This grace narrative was to shape the way that they treated others:
Deuteronomy 6:21 When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. 22 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this.”

They were to not go over there fields again and again but they could harvest once and then allow those in need to live off their crops. They could have argued. We planted. We watered. We protected the field from birds and other pests. They could have said “that it’s not fair!”

Kind of like Egypt?

Grace is the great reversal. It allows those who are last to be first. And it is a warning that those who cling to the narrative of having to be first that they will be last.


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