The Riverbank Lent 2011 Devotional Plan
“The Journey to the Cross”
Day 7: Reading – Mark 12: 1 – 12
1 And he began to speak unto them in parables. A man planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and digged a pit for the winepress, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country. 2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruits of the vineyard. 3 And they took him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. 4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and him they wounded in the head, and handled shamefully. 5 And he sent another; and him they killed: and many others; beating some, and killing some. 6 He had yet one, a beloved son: he sent him last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. 7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. 8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard. 9 What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. 10 Have ye not read even this scripture: The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner; 11 This was from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes? 12 And they sought to lay hold on him; and they feared the multitude; for they perceived that he spake the parable against them: and they left him, and went away.
God provides! God does provide. God really provides for his children. Our image of God is somewhat distorted by natural fathers who do not measure up on many levels. Do you know that the best of the greatest fathers doesn’t even measure up to God’s smallest acts on your worst day? Our God is so good, too good, amazing, awesome and just beyond comprehension.
In our reading today, we read about God, who owns the vineyard; an immaculate well prepared vineyard with all needs imaginable and real accounted for, quite similar to our lives isn’t it? A fact totally lost on the husbandman, well God kept sending people (resources) to the husbandman, first a servant, then another servant and eventually God’s beloved son. Our focus today is on God’s benevolence! His provision and rationale for blessing us is beyond me, but I accept it, I embrace it and I receive it. You should do the same, daily. It’s a better life option than the converse.
Pray that you will not trivialize God’s grace, mercy, love, goodness and kindness. Accept it, Embrace it and enjoy it.
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Devotional Plan – Overview
- Lent has always been a time to turn our attention to all that has been done for us on the cross in Christ. This lavish gift can be meditated on year after year, and still would leave us to wonder in amazement. Through this reading plan created by The Journey Church for the ‘You Version’ reading plan, we will walk through the gospel accounts in chronological order, tracing the steps of Jesus during his last week of his earthly ministry. This plan is 47 days in length, but the seven Sundays are days of rest according to tradition.
The Riverbank Adaptation:
- Each Sunday during lent, we will perform a weekly review of key points.
- Every Friday during lent, will be a day of fasting for grace, wisdom and power for the Christian Journey. Fasting guideline will be provided.
I am extremely glad for this opportunity and excited about what lies ahead in our respective lives. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me via email pastor or devotional
Your best days are ahead of you in Jesus Name, Amen.
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