"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.
"As it is, his zeal is not only unprofitable to others, but hurtful to himself. It embitters his spirit, it diverts his thoughts from other things of greater importance, and prevents him from feeling the values of those blessings, civil and religious, which he actually possesses..."