Jesus was growing tired of playing nice. It was time to tell the truth. God had tried everything to draw his people back into relationship. Judges, prophets, priests and kings. They were enslaved; then freed. They were tested in the desert for 40 years, then given the promised land—Israel. They followed Closely and took the Land—then, drifted quickly and lost the gains they achieved. They chased all manners of evil, then turned back were exiled then returned and at Jesus time they were again under the thumb of the Roman Empire.
God finally did ALL he could do—Sent the Messiah. In that move, he made his final effort to save his people. Yet, the leaders, had, from the inception of his ministry, tried to discredit and destroy him. Now they were committed to having him killed—Seems like the making of a good parable…
God is incredibly patient—but, when we decide we must be separate from him, whether by sinning overtly or doing religion on our own apart from him; then he will allow us our wish and move on. He loves us, but is not willing to compromise on who will be in charge. While it is by grace that we are saved, though faith –He made clear that the relationship was one that made him Lord, not equal or subservient. We follow him not in reverse. Until we realize that these are the terms—then we cannot enjoy the peace and provision of following him. Outside of his Lordship we strongly resemble the tenants of the parable. Our prayer needs to be one of submission to his leading and thanksgiving for his leadership—Thanks Lord for leading me toward the joys of salvation
God Bless You
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third…37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. 38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him…42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’[h]?
43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed