Posts Tagged ‘The chief cornerstone’

Luke 20:9-18 Under New Management

Jesus on cross with caption Under New Management

New tenants welcome

Jesus is still in the temple teaching the people. He is also confronting the religious leaders. Our story today is a very familiar one, as we have looked at it twice already. NO WAY have we exhausted what Jesus put into that story though.

When we looked at the story in Matthew we saw The Wicked Tenants in action. We watched as they schemed and plotted to get the vineyard for themselves. In Mark’s telling of this familiar parable we looked at the parallels between Israel’s history and the tenants. The Power of the Story left no doubt as to whom Jesus was talking about.

Today, I want to look at the changing of the tenants. In Luke’s recounting of this story, Jesus shocks His listeners by telling them that the landowner, “will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others” (verse 16a). Their response to Him was, “Surely not!” (verse 16b). Surely YES is what Jesus’ remarks to them clearly communicated. Read more »

Matthew 21:33-46 The Wicked Tenants

The Master carefully prepared the vineyard

The Master carefully prepared the vineyard

We are continuing on with Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem. He is still addressing the chief priests who came to challenge His authority. Are you ready for round three? I think we all know who is going to win this one too.

Jesus uses another parable today in His battle. This one is about a landowner and his tenants. Jesus’ story starts out with the master of the house making preparations. The master didn’t simply lease out a piece of land and wait and see what the tenant would do with it, but he cultivated and tended a vineyard until it was productive. He dug ditches around the vineyard to create an irrigation system and a barrier to predators. He built a watchtower to protect it from any enemies. This was a carefully tended and established piece of property. A lot of planning and care went into making this vineyard profitable. Read more »