Truly one of the most heart-rending parables of the Bible is the parable of the tenants –the story of God’s love and heartache for His creation. The Landowner built the pristine vineyard. He equipped it with security and the tools to make fine wine. once He got the place set up just right, He turned it over to some tenants. Those tenants soon forgot how kind it was for the owner to present them with such a great vineyard–and decided to do any and everything to be independent of the landowner–including the killing of His Son.
Jesus was making so many great points: 1. God prepared the world for His people; and it was pristine. 2. When God turned it over to them, He gave them the control to do with it as they wished. 3. The people immediately forgot it was God’s world, and did everything to be independent of God–including rejecting the leaders and prophets that God sent to remind them that it had been God that provided all of what they enjoyed. 4. Finally, men had the opportunity to face God’s Son–sadly, the religious folk, those that should have been in worship, were instead, in conspiracy to have Jesus killed.
In our day, we are living in the vineyard and the tenants are raging against the Landowner–in a big way. Across Europe and Asia, Christianity is considered passed. In America, the forces to remove God from any and all vestiges of education and public process are relentless. It will not be long until those that still believe will be truly persecuted. The great news is that the Lord returns; and those that have ranted and raved about the ridiculous worship of God, will bow humbly before him.
We need to stand and remain strong in our commitment to the Lord. We must pray for our nation, our schools and our churches. We are only one generation away from becoming a post Christian nation. If we do not remain committed to prayer and following God, we will see America fall into the same empty and purposeless existence that has befallen Europe . Make no mistake; God is in charge! As His children–we can still pray and follow him; believing God can bring revival to this nation. Join me in gathering fruit for the Landowner and showing our grateful heart for all He has provided.
God Bless You
33 “Listen to another parable: 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. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 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.
40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
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]?
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.