“So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him!” Luke 20:15
This parable shows us the deep corruption of human nature. The conduct of the “wicked farmers” is a vivid representation of man’s dealings with God.
Let us often pray that we may thoroughly understand the exceeding sinfulness of man’s heart. Few of us, it may be feared, have the least conception of the strength and virulence of the spiritual disease with which we are born. Few entirely realize that “the carnal mind is enmity against God,” and that unconverted human nature, if it had the power, would cast its Maker down from His throne!
The behavior of the wicked farmers before us, whatever we may please to think, is only a picture of what every natural man would do to God, if he only could.
To see these things is of great importance, for Christ is never fully valued — until sin is clearly seen! We must know the depth and malignity of our disease — in order to appreciate the great Physician!
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