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FIRST SHALL BE LAST

LAST SHALL BE FIRST

Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this First Shall Be Last and Last Shall Be First study on the enLIGHTening true meaning. We will be looking into all aspects of the prophecy, birth, life, death, resurrection and return of Jesus Christ and how it affects the Christian walk.


MATTHEW CHAPTER 19; 20:1-16

MARK 10:1-31

LUKE 18:15-30



FIRST SHALL BE LAST
LAST SHALL BE FIRST

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FIRST SHALL BE LAST AND LAST SHALL BE FIRST STORY

Jesus traveled around a lot. The last story that we read about forgiveness took place in Galilee, and when He left there, He went to Judæa beyond the river Jordan. Many people followed Him and He Well, well, well, the Pharisees are back! They came to tempt Jesus and asked, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason? Jesus answered, Haven't you read, in the beginning, God made male and female, and said, For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh? Then they are no longer two, but one flesh. What God has joined together, let not man separate.

The Pharisees debated with Jesus and asked, Then why did Moses command to give a writing of divorcement and send her away? Jesus answered, Because of the callous nature of your heart, Moses wrote this ruling. (Because the people changed the natural order of marriage) But from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever sends his wife away, unless it was for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman who has been sent away commits adultery.

JESUS ALSO SAID ...
All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

JESUS IS SAYING ALL LAWS DO NOT APPLY TO ALL SITUATIONS

Divorce is a very delicate matter for those Christians who are considering divorce or have divorced and yet love the Lord. My heart goes out to you and your family. Now before you go sentencing yourself as being an adulterer or and adulteress, let's look at something. What if a marriage was not meant to be from the get go? What if it was not holy in the eyes of the Lord? Many families have been torn asunder by the question of the heart of divorce, despite whether the one wishing to depart chose to do so, or stayed in misery due to obligation and/or fear.


FIRST SHALL BE LAST AND LAST SHALL BE FIRST WARNING

Let's seek the TRUTH in scripture. It reveals in 1 Corinthians 7:12-17 ... That if a woman has a husband who is not a believer, and the man wants her to stay, let her not leave him because the husband is sanctified by the wife's belief.

If this applies to you, check out our Unequally Yoked Study.

This is because when two marry (In God's eyes) they become ONE. This sanctification includes your children.
This statement was made by Paul. In verse 12 he shares that this is his opinion, NOT the Lord's command.
Many Religious leaders like to use this "ruling" to keep women in abusive relationships only to have the relationship end in bitterness and even death ... The Word also says that what God brought together, let no man put asunder.

However, that brings up the question of God honoring every marriage license the local leaders are willing to make a little money on.

In particular in today's society where most go from ‘hello’ to ‘I do’ before establishing a foundation in friendship. Some marry out of CON-venience, lust, trying to get away from home, etc. ... The obvious result is division by divorce as it was not meant be in the first place. Is it not God's will to have them apart as they were not meant to be married and just made a poor choice? Is God then divided against Himself because He wants Love to be FOREVER? God forbid. It is mankind's use of marriage that has brought on the divisions and variations of judgment. TRUE marriage is the union of two minds, hearts and souls and they become ONE in LOVE. Whether God deems a specific marriage REAL becomes THE question to ponder.

I want to take this opportunity to say that this is NOT a passport to get out of a marriage so you can get a new man or woman. God Forbid ... But rather the TRUTH for those who it applies to. If you WERE married in LOVE and in God's eyes and you have become worldly and just want a way out so you can go and follow the trends of today like cattle to the slaughter, this is not applicable. If the shoe fits ... Slap that rascal on Cinderella. If it does not, it is not wise to try to apply it as the results will not be the same. He who hath wisdom, hear this TRUTH.

All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.


FIRST SHALL BE LAST AND LAST SHALL BE FIRST DANGER

ALL LAWS DO NOT APPLY TO ALL SITUATIONS.

The TRUTH my friend is that ONLY the Lord knows the TRUTH of your situation.Obviously, He wants what is best for you, so you must find out from HIM what it is that you are to do. Religious leaders, friends, family, Paul and I can share our opinions but ONLY GOD can discern the TRUTH of this particular matter and guide you down the right path. Ask HIM to reveal the TRUTH to you. Ask Him to show you HIS Will. Ask in Jesus' name ... Pray without ceasing. TRUST in HIM.

If you have already divorced, do not sit around and judge yourself or let others judge ya ... That is God's job and He believes in mercy, forgiveness and Grace. What can your worry and doubt do but cause problems for you? Let go and let God. Now, let's get back to the story.

At that time there were little children brought to Jesus so that He might put His hands on them and bless them, but the disciples turned them away. When Jesus saw it, He was upset and He said, Allow the little children and don't forbid them to come to me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.

When Jesus left that place, a man came running and kneeled at His feet and asked, Good Master, what can I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus answered, Why do you call me good? There is none good but One, and that's God. If you wish for eternal life, keep the commandments. The man said, Master, I've kept the commandments since I was a child. Jesus looked at him with love and said, You're missing one thing. If you wish to be complete, go and sell all that you have and give it to the poor and you'll have treasure in Heaven, then come and follow me.

The man grew sad at what Jesus said, because he was rich. Jesus looked at His disciples and said, I tell you honestly, with what difficulty will those who have riches enter into the Kingdom of God. The disciples were surprised at what He said, and He added, It's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God. Still surprised, the disciples said to one another, Who then, can be saved? Jesus answered, With men it's impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Then Peter said, We've left everything and followed you, what will we have? Jesus said, I assure you, those who have followed me, in the time when the Son of man will sit on the throne of His glory, you'll also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone that has forsaken houses, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, wives, children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit everlasting life.

Many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.


FIRST SHALL BE LAST AND LAST SHALL BE FIRST SUMMARY

Then Jesus told this parable about what He was referring to:

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who owns a vineyard. He went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. When he agreed with the workers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. About three hours later the man saw people without work in the marketplace and he said to them, Go into my vineyard and work, and whatever is fair, I'll pay you. Around the sixth hour and the ninth hour the man did the same thing. And about the eleventh hour he went out and still more people were without work. Why do you stand here doing nothing all day? the man asked. Because nobody has hired us, they answered. Go into my vineyard and I'll pay you what's fair, the man told them. When the end of the work day arrived, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward, Call the workers and give them their wages, beginning from the last to the first. When the workers who were hired at the eleventh hour collected their wages, they each received a penny. But when the first workers collected their wages, they thought they should have been paid more, but they, too, received a penny. They murmured against the owner of the vineyard saying, The last people have only worked one hour and you made them equal to us who have carried the burden and the heat of the day. But He answered one of them, Friend, I've done no wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a penny? Take what's yours and go your way. I'll give to this last the same as to you. Isn't it lawful for me to do whatever I want with what is mine? Is your eye evil, because I am good? So, the last shall be first and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

This parable is such a great lesson. There are many people who go through their entire lives with the good fortune of being Christian. Many from childhood, were raised as Christians and others, early in life were adopted into God's family. There are also many who don't find Jesus until they're older, and some, don't seek Him until the very last hour. If you're one who has followed the Christian path all your life, this parable teaches not to be jealous of those lost sheep who weren't found until the last hour. Be joyous for them. Praise His generosity. God is good. He can do whatever He wants with His children. Be thankful for your place.


FIRST SHALL BE LAST AND THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST
IS A WARNING FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE THE WORLDLY THINGS AND AVOID ANSWERING GOD'S CALLING.

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