Parable of the Tenants


God opened up his offer of relationship with him to all through Jesus, who is the cornerstone of our faith.  The kingdom of God is available to you because of Jesus, who came and died for us. And there is an inheritance available to all who trust in him…

1 Jesus: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:

“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
11 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
Mark 12:1-12

Jesus told this parable specifically because it applied to the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders of that day. They are the tenants in the story. They had been entrusted with the things of God and they had abused and rejected prophet after prophet until the time that Jesus came to earth.

Jesus was the one left to send, the son whom the Father loved. And still he sent him. Why? Because God loved the world so much that he would do anything to reconcile us to himself. And so, Jesus came to the world.

In the parable, the landowner thinks the tenants will respect his son. God the Father always knew that the tenants would not. Rather, God knew that the world would reject Jesus, and these stewards of God’s teaching were the ones who conspired to kill Jesus.

What will the owner do? He will give the vineyard to others… Although the teaching of God had come through Israel and they were God’s children, God opened up his offer of relationship with him to all through Jesus, who is the cornerstone of our faith.

It is important to share that the people of Israel are not lost forever. Romans 11 shares how they will be reunited with God. Yet for now, they reject Jesus as cornerstone and Messiah.

The kingdom of God is available to you because of Jesus, who came and died for us. Would you turn toward the Lord and accept his offer of inheritance where others have rejected his love?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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