by Jeff Strite

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Moving To The Head of the Line (2 of 5)
Series: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus
Jeff Strite
Matthew 23:1-12

Last Sunday we introduced the “Upside Down Teachings of Jesus”. The teaching of Jesus that just don’t make sense to most people. Today’s sermon will continue that theme by focusing on Jesus’ teaching: “the Last shall be First, and the First shall be Last”.

OPEN: When my dad first married my mom, they were sharecroppers. They’d rent farms and work them for a percentage of the income from the crops. One of the ways he subsidized his income was by milking cows and he had about a dozen cows out in the barn.
One day a salesman came to the farm wanting to show dad a new device called a “milking machine”. Instead of milking by hand, these marvelous new contraptions would fit right on the cows’ udders and when you turned it on and it would milk the cow for you. The salesman made his pitch and asked to show dad how it worked.
“Well,” dad said “You can use it on any cow in the barn except old Bessie down on the end”
Bessie was a mean and temperamental cow that would kick viciously if angered.
“Really?” the salesman said – obviously thinking dad was too young to know anything about real farming. And with an attitude that stated, “you’re just a boy, you don’t know anything” he proceeded to take the machine down to the stall the held Bessie.
As Dad retold the story he said “I thought for a moment he was going to get it done. He got 3 of those cups on Bessie and she stood there without moving a bit… but something must have gone wrong as he tried to put the last suction cup, Bessie went berserk. She bucked and kicked and she caught that salesman with one of her hoofs and kicked him all the way across the aisle.”
Dad ran over and found he was bleeding but still alive and he called out the house for mom to come and bandage the man.
And as she fixed him up, dad now had to decide what to do next, because Dad now a problem. Can you imagine what Dad’s probl ...

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