STUDY TEXT: Mt. 21:28-31
Memory Verse: Psalm 27:8 “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
In our memory verse, the Psalmist acknowledges the special invitation extended to him by the King of kings. The golden sceptre has been extended to us too. He speaks once, twice is our hearing of it. (Psalm 62:119). The true nature of our Christianity is the seeking of the face of God, this is emphasized here in God’s precept, “seek ye my face.” It is a command, and it carries with it a promise of finding, because He is too kind to call unto us to seek Him in vain. It was a general call, but the Psalmist immediately personalized it with his response, “my heart answered, thy face oh Lord will I seek”.
It is also a call to duty. Mt. 21:28 “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons and he came to the first, and said, go work today in my vineyard.” This command is a Gospel call to service for every son of God. It is a call for all sons of God to work in God’s vineyard. And what is your attitude to that which you have been called to do? Vs. 29 “He
answered and said, I Will not. “The gospel call to-service while it is yet day before the night comes when no one can work,” requires immediate obedience. We are not sent to the world to be idle nor is the day given for play. So if we ever mean to be of good service to God and for the benefit of our soul, why not now? If we work in our Father’s vineyard, we are working for ourselves. Vs. 30 “And he come to the second and said likewise. “So the call to service is not just for the older, it is both for the old and the young, neither it is for only the males, but to both the males and the females.
- The response of the sinner
- The response of the uncircumcised Christian
THE RESPONSE OF THE SINNER
Mt. 21:29 “He answered and said, I will not, but afterward he repented and went.” Here is an untoward and rude answer. The sinner is often brazen and inconsiderate of anyone else in his conducts. He said plain and flat “I will not“. We must see here the degree of the impudence of the corrupt mind, of stiff necked children.
Jer. 2:21 “Yet I had plaited thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed, how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine, unto me? Excuses are bad but downright denial are worse. Yet such selfish and inconsiderate replies is what the gospel call to service often meet.