Jesus now begins to speak in parables…
Luke tells us why…
And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God,
but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE,
AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.
Read the parable…
And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey.
“At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers,
in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers.
“They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
“Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head,
and treated him shamefully.
“And he sent another, and that one they killed;
and so with many others, beating some and killing others.
“He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying,
‘They will respect my son.’
“But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’
“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 vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others.
“Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone;
THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD,
AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?”
The vineyard is Israel/people of the Lord/Kingdom of God
- He planted them
- He provided for them…wall for protection, water, tower
The slaves sent by the man (the Lord) are the prophet of old
- They were beat
- They were killed
- They were ignored
The son is the Son - the Lord Jesus.
The heir was killed.
They killed the very Corner Stone of their faith.
What will the Lord do?
- He will come.
- He will destroy the vine-growers.
- He will give the vineyard to others (the Kingdom)
The Lord was telling what had happened.
The Lord was telling what would happen.
Do not reject Him.