Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
What is the message of the parable of the vineyard?
Friends, Jesus’ story about an absentee landlord and his not-so-good tenants would have made sense to his audience. This parable speaks to us today as well. It richly conveys some important truths about God and the way he deals with his people. First, it tells us of God’s generosity and trust. The vineyard is well equipped with everything the tenants need. The owner went away and left the vineyard in the hands of the tenants. God, likewise trusts us enough to give us freedom to run life as we choose. This parable also tells us of God’s patience and justice. Not once, but many times he forgives the tenants their debts. But while the tenants take advantage of the owner’s patience, his judgment and justice prevail in the end.
Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given us – for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. O most merciful redeemer, friend, and brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, for your own sake. Amen. Good morning and have a TGIF!
40 days of our Lenten Bible reading plan
Day 15 Read Matthew 24:36-51