HOST: Ron House
“Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “ ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.
God had entrusted the Jews with His law and with the well-being of His people. He had blessed them with a name, an inheritance, His protection, and many great promises. In return, He had expected them to keep those laws faithfully, to guard His people against false gods and false religions, to submit to Him and Him only, and to teach His laws and precepts to His people. But they had gone their own way. They had taken the things that God had given them as their own and had forgotten who they truly belonged to. They had perverted and misused them. They had mingled God’s commands with traditions of their own, and they had led many astray. They had rejected God’s prophets and messengers who had tried to correct them. They had even rejected His own Son and would eventually kill Him. So as Jesus teaches through this parable, God had rejected them. He would establish a new covenant and open up His kingdom to a new people, all people. This text should serve both to encourage and warn us. God’s covenant and kingdom are open to us through Christ, but we must be careful to be found faithful in what God has entrusted to us.
What is involved in being a faithful servant of God?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!