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"Clothe Yourself With Christ" from Matthew 22:1-14

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Jesus spoke to then in parables.
Parables is the illustration and comparison to physical and spiritual.
And in this parable it was clear that we need to wear the right wedding clothes.

Matthew 22:2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

He will send servant to invite then in the wedding but the people neglected.
Who are the servants?
Before in the old testaments it was the prophets who communicate and in the new testaments it was Jesus and his disciples. Nowadays, the Holy Spirit is the one who communicates to us in order to minister.

All we need to do is to receive His invitation.


John 3:29-30 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”

Isaiah 55:1 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and ea…

"Be On Guard" from Ezra 4:1-24

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Our defenses as Christians is the word of God. We must anticipate and expect that the enemy will attack us.
The enemies here were the Samaritans, the Jews don't associate with them for they are unclean.

2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Zerubabbel was one of the leaders the exile in Babylon, he helped the people in rebuilding the temple, and he refuses the enemies by helping them.

2 John 1:10-11 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.

Matthew 10:16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

The enemy will discourage you and make you afraid. Frustrate means will bother. Discouragement and Fear are the two greatest obstacle in your faith in God.

Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

We believer…

"God is our 1st Priority" from Ezra 3:1-13

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Some Christians backslide but Praise God they go back to their faith.

The Altar is a place of sacrifice. And the Temple is a place of worship or to dedicate ourselves to God.

John 17:11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[a] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
Leviticus 23:33-44 33 The LORD said to Moses, 34 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. 35 The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. 36 For seven days present food offerings to the LORD, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the LORD. It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work.
37 (“‘These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offerings to the LORD—the burnt offerings and …

"God Has Set Us Free" from Ezra 1:1-11

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Ezra has 10 chapters. This book is about God's people starting to have relationship with unbelievers or beginning to be equally yolk.

Jehovah is the jewish national name of God.

Isaiah 44:5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; still others will write on their hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name Israel.

We have freedom because God set us free. King Cyrus was a great military leader, he conquered the Egypt. He gives freewill for all the Jews to build the temple of God.

Once we offer to God, we offer it to his people. Temple is the work of God and our own body. We need to offer our sacrifices to God voluntarily.

Set your priority, for God wants us to choose the best thing. All these verses is a shadow of Jesus Christ, for God never leave them.

Philippians 2:14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing

James 1:16-17 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Fa…

"We Need To Have The Right Attitude" from Matthew 20:1-16

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Points to interpret:
Scripture Will interpret itself
See the background of it when parable was said.
Having the right attitude in serving God.

Every one wants to work in God's vine yard.

Who was the land owner?
God

Who was the worker?
The disciples and living saints.

Vineyard here is refering to work of God or ministry - whether you are in the office, at home or in church.

The purpose of this parable is to remind us that we should not compare to those who have the longer relationship with God as we are all equall in God's sight. This parable has nothing to do with salvation. It doesn't represent rewad to earn a penny.

1 Corinthians 3:8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

Are you underestimating people who are new in relationship with God?
We need to store our treasure in our heart and live it out.

Don't compare yourself thinking you are the superior as we have different gifts and no matter who you a…