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Sunday, May 28, 2023

JESUS, the Storyteller (22)

In Section Four, we lean in to hear


the Storyteller

on a not so popular topic or at least one

we hope to not have to deal with 

"The Divine Auditor"

19. The Seed Sower 5/7
20. The Best Boss    5/14
21. The Eye Opener 5/21
22. The Divine Auditor 5/28
23. A Better Financial Planner 6/4
24. The God of Tomorrow        6/11
25. The Life of the Party          6/18
26. A Hospitable Host              6/25
27. The Object of Our Worship7/2
28. The Grace Giver                7/9
29. Discerner of the Heart       7/16
30. A Divine Divider                 7/23

A couple of weeks ago, I began somewhat of a challenge for you, as the reader, to guess which Parable you think James Merritt will be using in the devotional according to the title that he's chosen & given to this week's Story that JESUS, the Storyteller is sharing when the author gives us the title:

"The Divine Auditor"

Last week, I narrowed down your choices to the Book of Luke to help you out and also to broaden your knowledge of the Parables that were told in the Book of Luke. This week, I am sharing the Parables in the Book of Matthew so that you can choose from this list for this week's Chapter. 

Parables of JESUS in the Book of Matthew
1. Parable of the Lamp - Matthew 5:14-16
2. Parable of the Speck and The Log - Matthew 7:1-5
3. Parable of New Cloth on Old Garment - Matthew 9:16-17
4. Parable of The Divided Kingdom - Matthew 12:24-30
5. Parable of The Sower - Matthew 13:1-23
6. Parable of The Weeds Among the Wheat - Matthew 13:24-30
7. Parable of The Mustard Seed - Matthew 13:31-32
8. Parable of The Leaven - Matthew 13:33-34
9. Parable of Hidden Treasure - Matthew 13:44
10.Parable of Pearl of Great Price - Matthew 13:45-46
11.Parable of The Net - Matthew 13:47-50
12.Parable of The Heart of Man - Matthew 15:10-20
13.Parable of The Lost Sheep - Matthew 18:10-14
14.Parable of The Unforgiving Servant - Matthew 18:23-35
15.Parable of Laborers in the Vineyard - Matthew 20:1-16
16.Parable of The Two Sons - Matthew 21:28-32
17.Parable of The Tenant Farmers - Matthew 21:33-45
18.Parable of the Marriage Feast - Matthew 22:1-14
19.Parable of The Budding Fig Tree - Matthew 24:32-35
20.Parable of Faithful vs. Wicked Servant - Matthew 24:45-51
21.Parable of The Ten Virgins - Matthew 25:1-13
22.Parable of Ten Talents - Matthew 25:14-30 

Now once again before you read on, I am asking you to stop & make a choice of which Parable
you think this one is and go to the comments 
to put in your choice to go with

#22. The Divine Auditor

before I continue



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The Book of Matthew, the Gospel written by the apostle Matthew (the Levi), a former tax collector, makes sense that this Parable of The Divine Auditor would be one from Matthew, one of the 12 disciples. It fits - tax with audit, right. Hopefully, you've never had to go through an audit on your taxes. The original audience may have been the church in Antioch, Syria. Its members included Jewish and Gentile Christians. Matthew was probably a Jew of the tribe of Levi. Matthew was not the first disciple chosen by Jesus and he shares his story in Matthew 9.

The Gospel (Book) of Matthew was believed to be the first Gospel written, though we now know Mark dates earlier. Matthew's Gospel comes first because it most intensely is concerned with issues related to Judaism - it is a good bridge between the Old & the New Testament after 400 years. Then, as now, there needs to be a bridge between Christians & Jewish as we learn much from the Jewish tradition & Jews that have become Christians. Our minds and hearts definitely need to be more open and accepting of others. JESUS, as the Servant-Messiah and Son of God, represents the nation of Israel. There is no better author to begin telling us the Story - and His Story. But for this week with JESUS, the Storyteller, we will be looking at: 
#22. The Divine Auditor

(no one is a better Divine choice than JESUS, as Auditor)

since none of us really want to be audited, He would be the most fair

and my first choice.

as we continue & read the following


Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Ephesians 4:1-16

Clearly with the list of Parables in Matthew, this parable had to do with finances, 
so that helped to limit your choice but if you had the Scripture reference above,
you can easily select the correct choice.

These are the subtitle/segments for this week:

"A Kingdom Melody"; "A God-Given Opportunity to Play Our Parts"; "A God-Given Responsibility to Play Our Parts"; "A God-Given Accountability to Play Our Parts"; "Every Player Matters" 

As you can see 
we have been given by God the





to do/play our parts





in God's Kingdom

"... JESUS told this Parable about People playing their parts and how important that is to the Church and to God's Kingdom. Not everyone plays the same instrument and not everyone has the same part. ... It's not how much you have that matters to Jesus; 
it's what you do with what you have that matters to Him."

"Lord, teach me to be a good steward of the talents You've given to me. Grant me the wisdom to use them wisely and the courage to share them freely."

Reflect on what the particular "talents'' are that God has entrusted only to you

- gifts, resources, treasures, abilities.

Now let's 



just as






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