When comparing natural religion to God’s religion, we see that natural religion simplifies sin (like “cooties”) when our sinful nature is in fact a mortal disease that only God can cure. Natural religion also follows human traditions instead of using God’s word without modification. Finally, natural religion focuses on the external consequences of sin instead of the internal new man we have been given.
When you want to ask God why he is allowing your pain and suffering, trust that he is planning and doing much more than you can understand. Trust that he has made and rules the universe for your eternal good as proven by the fact that he has saved you.
Johnathan and David were true friends and they showed unfailing kindness to each other as God gave them the opportunity. In this sermon we see that friendship shows unfailing kindness and that means being willing to speak up when a friend is in mortal peril. That means being willing to warn them of the mortal disease that all people have, which is called original sin. After warning them, we have the joy of showing them their Savior, who is the best friend of all sinners. We also get to show them how Jesus is ruling every day in their lives.
The Sabbath rejuvenates us with true worship, not the worship of our sinful nature or the ways of this world. That means God is rejuvenating us with his Word which assures us of our forgiveness and our salvation. It also rejuvenates our toils with a joyful harvest.
The branches that remain true are pruned so that they produce more fruit, while the branches that don’t produce are removed. The whole vineyard prays, produces, and proves that they are connected to the vine.
We see God’s flock in action among the tyrannous wolves of this world, taking care of each individual with unity, focused on the resurrection and grace.