As Jesus was closing out His time, Luke gives us some insight into God’s perception into the religious leaders. The struggle was real. God set Israel apart as a nation of priests. His desire was to have them be blessed and then, bless the entire world as God’s ambassadors. So, as in the parable, He gave them the land. God sent them out. and they prospered. Then as God encouraged them to become His ambassadors to the world. They refused.
Like the tenants in the story, the Israelites heard from the prophets and priests. The religious leadership rejected them and beat them. Then, God sent His Son, and now they faced the choice to listen and follow Jesus or reject Him, kill His Son and claim the land as their own. Jesus was previewing what was to come.
In our day, and in our world, we are still called to choose. Do we Listen to the Lord and follow His lead; or, do we reject Him, do things our way, and walk independent of God. It is an easy choice. Solomon reminded us that if we would trust the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all our ways, He would make our paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6. We simply need to trust the Lord for who he is and follow Him as His chosen ones. If we will trust Him, we will be blessed and then we can be the ambassadors for the Lord throughout the land.
God Bless You
9 He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”
17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone’[a]?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.