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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Two sons and the Wicked Tenants

"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.
Mathew 21:33

God is the landowner in this parable. He plants Israel, cultivates Israel, and blesses Israel.

When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. "The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.
Mathew 21:34-36

When God leaves Israel, the workers begin to think they own the vineyard.
Embrace the identity of the kingdom. God made it, he owns it. Embracing true humanity begins with understanding your identity as a creature created by God. 

The owner sends his servants to the vineyard workers, but the workers beat, stone, and kill the servants.

God sends his messengers, but the people beat stone, and kill God's servants, who are the prophets.
But God keeps sending his messengers.

Last of all, he sent his son to them. 'They will respect my son,' he said. "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.' So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
Mathew 21:37-39

The owner sent his son, but he didn't have to. The servants hated him more than they hated the messengers because he is a threat. He could take away everything they had worked for.

God sent Jesus. Jesus messes up our way of life. What do you think about Jesus? Jesus  convicts sin because he loves you. There is not an area of your life were Jesus does not say, "mine."

"Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?""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'"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. Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed."
Mathew 21:40-44

There are new workers. The vineyard isn't put to an end, just the sinful workers. 

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. He wants you to be one of the new workers, one who humbly understands his place as God's servant.

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