Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 22, 2018

“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience …?” – “the righteous judgment of God, WHO WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 21:33-41.

“Listen to another parable.  There was a landowner who planted a vineyard and put a wall around it and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey.  When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce.  The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third.  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.’  But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir;  come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’  They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.  Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?”  They *said to Him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.”  Matthew 21:33-41.

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The patience of God is on display through this parable.

Most landowners would have taken severe action against the vine-growers much sooner than the landowner who represents God in this parable.

But, there is a limit to the patience of God.  God’s patience should lead us to repentance, but if it does not after some amount of time determined by God alone, then God will exercise His righteous judgment and pour forth His wrath and indignation on those who do not repent.

“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?  But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, WHO WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS:  to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;  but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.”  Romans 2:4-8.


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