"But the Christian’s hope is positive. His youth is like that of the heir who knows precisely what awaits him. No, more than this, the Christian has the assurance which no heir in temporal things can ever have. He knows with absolute certainty that the inheritance will not merely be kept for him, but that he will be kept for it."
It is, therefore, worth noting that when these parables were first spoken by our Lord, even then they had a mixed effect upon their audiences; and yet, this was in concert with their very design. If the Lord's parables remain points of debate today, that is only because of the way in which they were first spoken.
These vials are not dispensed by a God who has lost his temper, who has finally become indiscreet. He is the LORD who has heard every prayer for justice, and here finally metes out a proper and corresponding answer to those prayers.
I cannot at all improve upon the quotation of John Newton that is offered below, but perhaps I can help you to hear it. After all, political and civil relations are now so frustrated as to regularly affect our feelings, and a hot heart is not often conducive to a cool head.