11152017 Wednesday

“Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them, but afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son’” (Matthew 21:36-37).

The actions of the landowner, to continually send slaves and, ultimately, his own son into an awaiting slaughterhouse, should not be extrapolated to an understanding of God as some naive, bumbling, ineffectual buffoon. Everything in this parable, from the murderous actions of the vine-growers, to the unfathomable carelessness of the landowner, is exaggerated to capture the patience of God in dealing with willful human rebellion. The parable far exceeds what is considered ordinary; that we might catch a glimpse of his extraordinary grace.

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