Matthew 21:33-46 / Mark 12:1-12 / Luke 20:9-19…
Hear another parable.
Jesus is once again bringing the religious leaders into the story, having them draw a conclusion, and then turning their own judgment back on them. He shows them the folly of their own way. Of course an image in the mirror can be hidden by a hard heart.
The owner represents God. The vineyard represents Israel (cf. Isaiah 5:1-7). The tenants were the Jewish leadership. The servants were the prophets. The son is Christ. God had brought the Jews out of Egyptian slavery, and gave them a land. God sent prophets, and they beat and killed them (cf. 2 Chronicles 36:15-16). When God sent His Son, they would not respect Him, but would seek to kill Him. Like the wicked tenants, they sought their own gain, but it only revealed their own depravity. They did not honor or respect the things and call of God. Jesus quotes one of their favorite Psalms to show them their error in their own words (Psalm 118:22-23).
The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.
Because those entrusted with the vineyard of God had cared for it so badly, God’s program would be given to another people who would produce righteousness (Romans 9:25-26). The role of the Jewish rulers over God’s covenant people was coming to an end (cf. Isaiah 8:13-15).
God often bestows wonderful blessings, but we often make bad use of them. If God did not spare those generations of Jews who rejected Him, it will be the same for us if we reject Him through our rebellion (Romans 11:21). Those who claim to be disciples must submit to the authority of Christ and bring forth fruit of repentance. Being born again means we have a changed life.
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