I've been wrestling with this verse for over 24 hours.
"But those vine-growers said to one another,
'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!'
I didn't want to write about this verse.
I wanted to write about Luke 12:7 which says,
"Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows."
Isn't that a much better verse? I thought so.
I have no idea how many hairs are on my head!
Just another verse to remind me that God knows more about me than I do.
"Do not fear" is always a good reminder.
And of course who doesn't want to hear they are valuable to God?
Ah, but this is not the verse for today.
And God knows more about everything than I do so here we go--
The verse for today is about the vine-growers that tend the fields of a "man." They have beaten and/or killed all the servants that were sent to collect a portion of the harvest.
Verse 6 of Mark 12 says, ""He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
And of course, our verse--verse 7, reveals their plan.
Isaiah 5:7 identifies the vineyard as Israel and the servants that were sent are the prophets sent by our loving God to preach repentance to the nation.
The nation of Israel, being lost in idolatry, didn't want to hear that message so they killed the prophets and eventually killed the Christ (or Messiah) who is Jesus our Lord.
The reason I did want to write about this verse is I thought it wasn't applicable to me.
As I have wrestled and struggled with this all day, I've come to understand a few things.
My brains are fried from being crabby all day. Please forgive the bullet points. It is all I can manage ;)
• Jesus is God's Beloved Son and He is also referred to as The Word in John chapter 1.
• There are religions that edit their "bibles" whenever they come across a reference to the deity of Jesus. They omit those verses because they don't like them or agree with them. It would appear that whether they are true or not has little to do with it.
• I must be very careful that I don't do the same thing but in a much subtler way. I would never think to cut out or black out passages from my bible. But do I gloss over the verses that are hard (on my flesh) to read?
Oh, this is where the Lord had me today.
2 Timothy 4: 3 & 4 sum it up very well...
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but wanting to have their ears tickled,
they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
I think I have to be on guard and very cautious that I don't adopt a "buffet" table attitude towards the Word of God. At a buffet, I can pick and chose what I want and have as much of the stuff I like. I don't have to pick anything that doesn't look appealing (even though I have never tried it). I can eat my fill of sweet stuff or in my case, "meat" stuff!
But God's Word is not a buffet.
It is a perfectly balanced and portioned meal.
There are things written in the bible that don't look appealing to me.
But have I tasted (for myself-- very personal-- no one else can eat for you) and seen that the Lord is good?
Submission to my husband didn't seem very appealing when it first showed up on my "plate."
Oh, but now I know it is delicious and perfect.
But as today was witness, I seem to be pushing "Do everything without complaining or arguing," around with my fork.
God "peeked" under my mashed potatoes and said, "It's good for you. Try it and see."
I know that complaining is like a cancer for the soul and arguing just makes my flesh grow-- like the Rumor Weed in Veggie Tales.
I've been absolutely miserable all day. I don't make a very good "god" for myself.
Once I "tasted" the truths in this verse, I felt free and at peace.
I'm praying that the Lord continues to show me the "calamari" verses of my life.
(I'm sorry but it jut looks creepy to me!)
And that I would trust Him enough to know that He desires good for my life and not evil.
But I still don't think I can bring myself to try the calamari!
This post originally from 12-07-09