Topic: No Longer the Rejected Stone
[DCLM Daily Manna 23 December 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Mark 12:1-12 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?” (Mark 12:10,11).
It is only the fool who says in his heart that “there is no God” and argues that God is not the Lord over the universe. Even Nebuchadnezzar, who doubted God’s existence eventually acknowledged Him as “the most High…whose dominion is an everlasting dominion…” (Daniel 4:34).
The husbandmen who took custody of the vineyard planted by a householder could not render the expected fruits at the appointed seasons. Instead, they ill-treated the messengers of the householder by killing some and injuring others. The last messenger was the heir of the man whom he reasoned they would reverence. Instead, they seized him and killed him and planned to take full ownership of the vineyard. But the Lord of the vineyard would come, destroy those wicked husbandmen and let out the vineyard to others.
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The parable is about the continual and unreasonable assaults of the Jews on the servants of God – the prophets and Christ whom they eventually crucified. Jesus Christ was rejected and killed by those He came to save and show God’s perfect way. However, the Gentiles who were not His people embraced Him and were called God’s people. The consolation is, at the end of time, God’s people will reign with Him, singing and praising God for their redemption, and then it will be an everlasting joy for what the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished among the inhabitants of the earth.
For now, the duty of every Christian is to make sure that he is among that happy crowd and work tirelessly to ensure he brings sinners to Christ by taking the gospel to them.
Thought For The Day: He that overcometh shall inherit all things.
Bible Reading In One Year: Hebrews 11-13