Get Out of My Vineyard!

Rev. Vickye Robinson -- June 16, 2013

Psalm 22:19-28 | Luke 8:26-39 | Galatians 3:23-29

Psalm 22:19-28 | New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

22Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my sighing. 2Listen to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray. 3O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. 4For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil will not sojourn with you. 5The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers. 6You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful. 7But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house, Iwill bow down toward your holy temple
in awe of you. 8Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

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Luke 8:26-39 | New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Jesus Heals a Man Controlled by Demons

26Jesus and his disciples sailed to the area of the Gerasenes across the lake from Galilee. 27When Jesus stepped on shore, he was met by a man from the town. The man was controlled by demons. For a long time he had not worn clothes or lived in a house. He lived in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet. He shouted at the top of his voice, “Jesus, Son of the Most High God, what do you want with me? I beg you, don’t hurt me!” 29This was because Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times the spirit had taken hold of him. The man’s hands and feet were chained, and he was kept under guard. But he had broken his chains. And then the demon had forced him to go out into lonely places in the countryside.

30Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31And they begged Jesus again and again not to order them to go into the Abyss.

32A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs. And he allowed it. 33When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep bank. They ran into the lake and drowned.

34Those who were tending the pigs saw what had happened. They ran off and reported it in the town and countryside. 35The people went out to see what had happened. Then they came to Jesus. They found the man who was now free of the demons. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet. He was dressed and thinking clearly. All this made the people afraid. 36Those who had seen it told the others how the man who had been controlled by demons was now healed. 37Then all the people who lived in the area of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them. They were filled with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

38The man who was now free of the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him away. He said to him, 39“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away. He told people all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

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Galatians 3:23-29 | New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Children of God

23Before faith in Christ came, we were guarded by the law. We were locked up until this faith was made known. 24So the law was put in charge of us until Christ came. He came so that we might be made right with God by believing in Christ. 25But now faith in Christ has come. So the law is no longer in charge of us.

26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God by believing in Christ.27This is because all of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. You have put him on as if he were your clothes. 28There is no Jew or Gentile. There is no slave or free person. There is no male or female. That’s because you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29You who belong to Christ are Abraham’s seed. So you will receive what God has promised.

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