Matthew 20:15a Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?
If you had no idea what parable this came from, if these words stood alone, do they not teach you a truth about our Lord? We are always looking for context and that is right and good in the sight of the Lord, but can we just as easily overlook a vital truth because we want the context to control the vision?
We know the Lord to be kind, merciful and loving. We go through this life and often wonder why are we going thru these troubling times. We never seem to make sense of some things. We do not see a lesson. We do not grow. We see no blessing come to anyone in a circumstance and suddenly it is why, why, why.
We hear it from the secular world all the time. Why would a god do such a thing? Nothing we say will ever satisfy them. We turn things back on them and exclaim, it is because you do not have faith. If this be true, then what does that same faith do for us when we fail to understand? Can we accept we are His and He has the right to do with us as He pleases without explaining Himself?
Do you know the second half of Matthew 20:15? The context you seek!
Matthew 20:15b Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
If we truly are in Christ, we are members in one body, and He is good, how is it our vision isn’t good?
Because we see things with secular eyes?
1 Corinthians 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
If you are neither ear nor eye you still receive instruction from the Head, your Lord Jesus Christ. Truth runs thru your very being, is that not enough or do you have to understand every little detail before you will believe?