Today’s text is a parable that is shouted from a mountaintop by one of Gideon’s sons, Jotham. It is a parable that should make us sensitive to the force or forces we allow to rule, influence our lives or delegate responsibilities in the house of God as we reflect with the Heavenly Kingdom.
The people who are supposed to be doing the work of God aren’t the ones doing so. Just like in society we have people who are not playing their role in improving the livelihood of the community with their knowledge and expertise yet the world is suffering. God blessed each one of us with various gifts and purpose but the majority is not playing their part. Many congregants are more qualified to do the work of God yet they are found seated in the house of God whilst the less qualified are engaged in the important work of God. We have less experienced personnel in God’s vineyard than those currently engaged outside. The reason why the work of God is suffering is because of lack of commitment.
Simply put and right from Sunday school we learnt that, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Today we come to look at a parable, the parable of the trees. Most likely, when we talk about parables, our thoughts immediately go to the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, the yeast, the pearl, the sower and many more. All those stories that Jesus told provide so much of how we understand our faith. Of course, that’s what parables do; they enrich our understanding. They help just to translate the great concepts of faith into practical action. One very brief …
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The theme of the book is based on the scripture: Judges.9:7-15
7 When Jotham was told about this, he climbed up on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted to them, “Listen to me, citizens of Shechem, so that God may listen to you. 8 One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king.’
9 “But the olive tree answered, ‘Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and humans are honoured, to hold sway over the trees?’
10 “Next, the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come and be our king.’
11 “But the fig tree replied, ‘Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?’
12 “Then the trees said to the vine, ‘Come and be our king.’
13 “But the vine answered, ‘Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?’
14 “Finally all the trees said to the thorn bush, ‘Come and be our king.’
15 “The thorn bush said to the trees, ‘If you really want to anoint me king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, then let fire come out of the thorn bush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!’