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Leviticus 7 [Read]
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Matthew 25:31-46 [Read]
Matthew 25 contains three parables about harvesting of the Kingdom of Heaven. Our Lord was approaching the end of his earthly ministry, and he was revealing more details about the end to his disciples.
The first parable teaches vigilance. Just as the five virgins waiting for their bridegroom (25:1), we don’t know when our Lord will return. He may seem to be delayed (25:5), but that is how he separates the faithful from others. Only the ones who kept her lamp lit and oil full could be with her bridegroom. Regardless how you spiritualize the oil in the parable, the undisputed truth is that she who truly has her eyes and mind on the bridegroom would not be unprepared.
The second parable teaches diligence with God’s assignment (calling). It is irrelevant how many talents one was given, for the Lord saw our heart. One may not have many talents. But as long as he is willing to use this gift for the master’s gain, he will be commended by him. On the other hand, those who hid his talents for any reason will be judged harshly by the master upon his return. Let us all take heed of this warning.
I believe there is a gradation in difficulty in these three parables, for the last one is most difficult to do. One may be vigilant with prayer and study, and be diligent in serving God’s Kingdom, but to be merciful all the time towards even the “least of the brothers of mine” (25:40) is extremely hard. Nevertheless, we were taught that this IS part of God’s characters (Ex 34:6) and IS his command to us (Mic 6:8). To be able to do this is the mark of a true disciple of Christ. I don’t know about you, but I feel I have never reached God’s standard on this. And it can be discouraging sometimes.
It is time like this I was comforted by Paul’s words “godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret” (2 Co 7:10). I realize that knowing our own deficiency is the first step toward repentance and toward God. After all, it is “he who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Phi 2:13). May the Lord continue to work his wonder in people who know godly sorrow like you and me. Amen.
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