28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. (Matthew 21:28-32 KJV)
As it happened in yesteryear, it still happens today. What do I mean? Someone will tell you one thing and will do another. You can never believe what is told to you, only the actions count, can be believed. Old saying; the proof is in the pudding. Anyone will tell you what they want you to hear but will they do what they say?
In these verses, one son say he will not work in the vineyard then, later, change his mind and does what the father want. The defiant son tells the father he will work in the vineyard having no intention to do so. Is he attempting to gain favor over his brother with the father? Who knows his thinking? To put it another way; who knows why he lied? This have been happening since the beginning of time and most people still have not learned to be on the lookout for the ploy.
Our government is just like the story in Matthew twenty-one, the proof is in the pudding. In other words, don’t tell me what I want to hear, just do it. Show me what is truth and what is a lie. All my life I have been told things and I waited for some type of action (s) before I acted, reacted. Early in life I learned to be leery of almost everything I am told by everyone because I may regret it later.
The second son, trying to kiss-up to his father, told him what the father wanted to hear. He had no intention to work in the vineyard but wanted the father to think so and look favorably on him and despise his brother. He is not thinking about the repercussions or anything else except for his own good. He did not have love for his brother nor his father. To say he will work in the vineyard but don’t means the vineyard will not produce properly. As an heir, he is thinking, no matter what, he will get his, someone else will do the work.
Now, as it turns out, the work is done. The brother did the job to the surprise of the father. Again, In the beginning, who would you have believed? At least now the father knows whom to trust and believe. As today progress, as tomorrow also, whom do we trust? I surly do not trust our government and I doubt if I can ever again trust it. Too many are liars, self-profit seekers, unfit to govern, and outright shady characters. God help us all, even those that do not deserve the help. The two sons have taught to not believe what is said but to believe what is done.