Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Theme: SOME PARABLES OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST

During His Ministry on earth our Lord Jesus Christ made manifest the mind, purpose
and will of the Most High to the people. By means of express declarations,
allegories, parables and dark sayings etc, our Lord conveyed salient messages
which ages after, still find profound relevance even in this sin-ridden world, the time
of the end of the world. So overwhelming were his preaching that sometimes, even
those who made themselves His detractors and antagonists could not help
acknowledging the depth or profoundness of his knowledge. He is rightly designated
as “The Wisdom of God”, (1 Corinthians 1:24) and personifies the “Truth”. (John
14:6) His use of parables in confirming these descriptive titles, both fulfilled
prophecies made to this effect and affirmed the fact that he is the Logos, the The
Word – spokesman of God Almighty.

Text: “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” – Matthew 13:30.

Comment: Numerous Bible passages attest to the fact that the dissolution of the evil system of things in this wicked world is as sure as the sun up in the sky (2 Peter 3:10.11; 1 John 2:17).  In the interim, those given to godliness are encouraged to persist in it no matter satan’s distractions by means of the deceptive pleasures of sin. – Revelation 22:11,12.

In the parable of the wheat and tares as told by Jesus Christ, He introduced Christians to a fundamental aspect of love, which is peaceful coexistence through tolerance.  The account is contained in Matthew 13:24-30,37-42.

Sometimes, it is just not easy, putting up with persons who have made themselves sworn enemies to anything that answers to righteousness, either because they do not share similar faith with us or have a deliberate determination to discourage us.  Under such circumstance, the approach of Lot in the midst of ungodly compatriots should readily be our guide in that, though he was provoked by their godlessness yet he maintained his integrity until it pleased God to intervene in His own way and time. – 2 Peter 2:6-8.

In God’s time, He would prevail on evildoers with His vengeance and grant salvation to the righteous.  With this understanding, St. Paul declared: “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” – Acts 24:16.

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