Genesis 37:3-4,12-13a,17b-28a ● Matthew 21:33-43,45-46
Jesus said, “You can read it for yourselves in your Bibles: The stone the masons threw out
is now the cornerstone.
This is God’s work; we rub our eyes, we can hardly believe it!
“This is the way it is with you. God’s kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life.”
Sadly, it can be too easy for us to discount others or view them as disposable. Our country’s enemies. Our political party’s opposition. The alcoholic who begs for money on the street corner. The mentally ill homeless people sleeping in our city parks. But Jesus is telling us that God can take the kingdom from us and give it to people such as these! No wonder the religious leaders were infuriated by this story. Jesus was turning so many cherished assumptions upside down.
Do you operate from a place of presumption that you deserve to inherit the Kingdom of God, that you’ve earned it somehow?
Search yourself for any sinful pride that would have you feel resentful at the thought of God offering this kingdom to those you consider less worthy. Ask God to free you of this presumption.
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