Saturday, May 5, 2012

Parable of the Evil Farmers

    Today’s Reading:
  • Mark 11:27 - 12:17
  • Psalm 47:1 - 9
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Mark 11:27 - 12:17
Jesus told the Parable of the Evil Farmers at the beginning of chapter 12.  In this parable, a farmer rented a vineyard to a tenant who refused to pay his share of the crop.  The landlord sent many people to collect this crop, but the tenants treated each person worse than the one before, until finally they killed the last servant he sent. Finally, the landlord sends his son, thinking that the gesture of love of sending his only son would surely get through to the tenants, but instead they killed the son too, thinking they could take over the entire estate with the son out of the way.

It's not hard to see the parallel between this parable and the Lord sending Jesus Christ to us.  In fact, Jesus was telling this parable to the religious leaders, the very ones who trying to figure out a way to get Jesus arrested and killed.

In hindsight we know this had to happen for all of us to obtain salvation.  But the price of that salvation is so steep, it makes my heart hurt just to think about the terrible price that was paid that day.  I thank the Lord for sending Jesus to us, however, and for giving us this opportunity to obtain perfect salvation through him.   So thank you Lord for sending your son, and thank you Jesus for bearing that terrible burden!

Psalm 47:1 - 9 
1  Come, everyone!  Clap your hands!  Shout to God with joyful praise!
2  For the Lord most High is awesome.  He is the great King of all the earth.
This serves as a reminder to me that not all praise to the Lord should be solemn but that it should be joyous too.  The power of the Lord should make you want to just sing His praises and shout with joy.  I sometimes get so caught up in my quiet reflection, in my quiet moments with the Lord, that I forget to truly celebrate Him.  Luckily for me, I attend a church where joyous praise is given to the Lord.  It helps me to feel alive, happy and grateful for His presence.   Amen to that!

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