I bet you have someone in your life that you wished you could just understand how they think. You wonder what goes on between their ears. Maybe it’s your spouse or child. It could be your boss or a co-worker. For some of you it’s your pet.
Have you ever wondered how God thinks? Aren’t you curious to what the mind of God works like. Through-out God’s Word (The Bible), we are given amazing glimpses at the Mind of God. Remember, The Bible is God’s Word given unto man so it is full of how He sees, thinks and even feels! As we conclude this week’s time in the text, we see a powerful picture of how God thinks towards us!
And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.
In this Parable, Jesus teaches us several amazing truth’s that equip us to know the mind of our Holy and Great God!
First, God is patient. God waits for a season to see if we will follow Him and see if we bear fruit. God bears with us when we are slow or even resistant. You can go into this day knowing that the infinite Creator of all things is patient towards you. Yet, we shouldn’t use that patience to ignore Him but instead it should be an attribute we praise Him for...
Next, God is gracious. God not only waits but He sends…over and over. This parable illustrates His sending of word after word and prophet after prophet. He even sent several very firm judgements that were for the purpose of helping the people turn to Him. His Grace truly is amazing. We tend to extend grace once and then live with a motto of ‘I did that and you denied it so I’m over it’. His ultimate grace is shown in His final sending mission - He sent Jesus. The mind of God is full of grace towards you. Extended in the form of the free gift of salvation for all who believe in God The Son - Jesus and who follow Him as Lord! That grace is a gift that shouldn’t be limited to the mind of God but should permeate the mind of the Jesus-follower and should guide our every action.
Third, God is hopeful towards us. The owner of the vineyard said ‘surely they will respect my son’. It isn’t that God didn’t know that Jesus would be killed…of course He did…it was even part of the plan of God. However, God had hopes that some would accept. Another way to see that is that God was cheering for you - His Creation - to accept His love. Wow! I am equipped to live life confidently knowing that God is cheering for my life to be lived well and for His purposes.
Lastly, God is just. God has a mind for justice. When His full patience is exhausted and His unfathomable grace is revealed and our decisions have shown Him our will doesn’t match His…then God’s mighty justice is served. The destruction of the wicket tenants serves as a reminder that God has given us insight into His mind and into His plan for complete justice. A great scripture reminder for this is found in 2 Peter 3:8-13 (read it here - http://www.esvbible.org/2%20Peter%203%3A8-13/).
Yes, you can know all you need to know about the Mind of God if you will mine the Scriptures, commit to prayer & devotion and follow Him in obedience.