Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 64

Monday, March 5, 2012

Welcome to Day 64 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Deuteronomy 1, 2; Mark 12 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Deuteronomy 1, Moses’s final discourse to the Israelites… he reminds them (again) of the promise the Lord made to them… Recaps the appointing of their leaders… and reminds them of their sin and the result.

Deuteronomy 2, yet another recap of recent events as they begin to posses the land of their inheritance…

Mark 12, parable of the vineyard workers, Jesus is questioned about taxes, marriage and heaven, and the greatest commandment to entrap him. (Nice try. Didn’t work…) Then Jesus warned his disciples about the teachers of law.

41 “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

O bservation

Love the story of the poor widow. Jesus pays attention… he notices…

A pplication

I wonder what Jesus would say if he watched me?

He was impressed by the size of her heart… her generosity in light of not having much… that she (by comparison) gave more than all the others.

This passage has been used to manipulate people into giving “everything–all she had…” That’s not the point of this passage. The point is that she did that on her own. That she gave out of her poverty all that she had. Jesus was impressed by that. God is impressed by sacrifice and generosity.

P rayer

Help me to have a generous heart…

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4 thoughts on “Day 64

  1. I thought how interesting it was for the people of Israel to take 40 years to cross from Mount Sinai to Kadesh- barnea which normally only takes eleven days. All due to the condition of their hearts . God demanded obedience and what good would have the promised land been if the the Israelites were just as wicked as the nations already living there.

  2. Moses has dedicated most of his life to serving God. After trekking though the desert and listening to the people groan and grumble against him for 40 years, he is still looking after them and obedient to God, even though he knows that he is not going to make it into the promised land. Now THAT is dedication that can only be found by loving God with your whole heart.

    In the parable of the tenants, I noted that the “the man” who clearly represents God is the owner of the vineyard and is only renting it to men. They killed the son (Jesus) trying to steal the inheritance, but it doesn’t work. The son still owns the vineyard but is renting it to us now. Are we taking care of it, occupying the watchtower to keep the enemy out? Are we harvesting the grapes and not letting them rot on the vine? There is much work to be done in the vineyard. It takes everyone to make sure it runs good.

  3. Do I trust God for the outcome? If I’m going to move forward it’s required. If I’m going to claim that I believe in Him, then I must. The Israelites did not trust God (except for Joshua and Caleb) and they got no where. The widow who gave her last 2 cents did trust God, and Jesus blessed her. I have no doubt God provided for her!
    It’s always a matter of our faith in Him to do as He promises, not our faith in ourselves or our abilities. Apart from Him we can do nothing. With Him, we can do anything!

  4. Toni Heitz on said:

    I continue to amazes me when I read how the people grumbled against God after such a glorious rescue. When they started to get bored and began questioning God, they wanted to go back to the life that made them weary and tired and oppressed. I tend to ask myself if OUR generation has changed much from that sort of attitude? I find myself sometimes slipping back into bad habits that God has delivered me from because it is so easy to digress than to progress. Either way we are going to go through stuff, but how much easier it is when we let God take us through it than when we go through it on our own terms. Life is not without its struggles or problems, but relying on our God and His word to get through them is so much easier than trying to go it alone. So I have to ask myself, why do we try to go it alone before we depend on God?

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