That our deeds are more important than our words is a universal piece of wisdom. Phrased in many different ways, the idea crosses barriers of culture and language, and is so old that no one really knows when or where it was first said.
The parable in the Gospel shows us that this idea is central to what God is talking about in the Old Testament reading. God isn't that interested in what we think about ourselves, what we wish would happen, or what we say we would like to do.
Deeds Not Words. The idea that deeds not words matter is powerful, so much so that it has been adopted as the motto of military units for centuries. And it is this idea which is at the heart of God's fairness - not what we say, but what we actually do.
More on this tomorrow.