Day 245 – Contemporary Comms
On: July 3, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Jesus went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. Luke 20:9-12
A dash of context from the Old Testament will quickly enable us to join Jesus’s audience in understanding exactly what this parable is about: The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress. Isaiah 5:7
The parable is rooted firmly in the history of God’s people and, in particular, their rejection of the succession of prophets sent to warn them to turn from their waywardness and back to God.
How does this apply today? Rather than considering the role of modern day prophecy, I’d like to skip to how He addresses His people individually. For it seems to me that, for those of us walking in the footsteps of Jesus, the role of the prophets of old addressing the people is taken by the Holy Spirit indwelling us individually, with God speaking, not out loud through proclamation, but internally through our conscience – that still small voice we will hear if we quiet ourselves long enough to listen to it.
Of course, that voice may be prompted by reading God’s Word, listening to a sermon, watching the news, or simple, everyday conversation. But it is the Holy Spirit that does the speaking: ” … the Spirit of truth … will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13
Old Testament Judah went its own way and rejected God’s messengers, and thus His message. Did they fully appreciate what they were doing? Jesus made it quite clear.
Will I listen to His message to me today, by tuning into His contemporary channel of communication – the Holy Spirit?
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me break me, melt me, mould me, fill me Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on me (words: Daniel Iverson).