Mark 12: 1-12…..A harvest of grapes..

And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this Scripture:
“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvellous in our eyes’?”
And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.

Comment: This was a very pointed story. It contained a punch which hit them fairly and squarely in the conscience, and they reeled backwards.

Many times in the Old Testament Israel was referred to as God’s vineyard. God set up Israel as a state in a pleasant land but when they rebelled had sent Prophets, Leaders and Judges. They had not responded by turning back to God, and in fact had treated many, of those sent, very badly and even killed some. Jesus, as God’s Son had been sent into their midst and even as they listen to the story they are planning to be rid of Him. They want Israel as their own vineyard on their own terms. Would not the owner take his land back? Is not God in charge?

Prayer: I am often slow to learn, O God, but help me please to learn Your lessons.

One thought on “Mark 12: 1-12…..A harvest of grapes..

  1. Thank you for your comments, Barry. God is Sovereign. God is Lord of all. God will have His way, because His way is best. We can never have God on our terms. That is not possible. We must submit our lives to Him if we desire to follow Him and do His will. Only when we submit to Him can we love and serve Him in the way we He deserves. God bless you.

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