2021_06_04 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Mark 11-12
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; For his mercy is everlasting.”
The parable of the tenants in Mark chapter 12 shows the nature of God's amazing love for us. Jesus tells this parable right after the Jewish leaders question him about his authority. The story Jesus tells as an illustration reads as a condensed history of the bible story. A man plants a vineyard (God), rents the vineyard to farmers (Jewish leaders) and goes to live elsewhere. When harvest time comes the owner sends a servant (God's prophet) to collect some of the fruit (God's people) from the vineyard, but the farmers beat him. More servants are sent, but each time they are either beaten or killed. The owner has one more servant to send, his son (Jesus). The tenants throw him out of the vineyard and kill him to try to take his inheritance, but the owner of the vineyard will kill the tenants and give the vineyard to others (the Gentiles). When the teachers of the law hear this story they know it is against them.
Jesus' words here paint a picture of how God never gives up on us. He pursues us just to give us himself and teaches us that he is the most important thing in life. Let's pause and give God praise today as we reflect on the following scriptural truths. They are the rock on which our faith is built.
God so loved the world that he sent his only son, so we would not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
God's steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136).
God is patient towards us, not wanting any of us to perish but all of us to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
Nothing can separate us from God's love (Romans 8:38-39).
God's steadfast love won't leave us and his covenant of peace will not be removed (Isaiah 54:10).
God leaves the 99 sheep to hunt down the one that has gone astray (Matthew 18:12).
Forgive me Lord for when you reach out to me, but I don't turn to you.
You are patient with me and for that I thank you for your mercy.
You never leave me and I will never leave you.
In Jesus name.
Prayer Team Lead