Jesus’ Parables: The Tenants

In Matthew 21:33 Jesus gave a parable to the Jewish leaders explaining to them that because of their unbelief the kingdom of God would be taken away from them and given to a people who would actually believe and obey (the Gentiles). Look at what happened:

“Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to Him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking about them. And although they were seeking to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they held Him to be a prophet (Mat 21:33-46).

What we can learn from this parable today is that the Gospel is for all who will believe and obey God. The kingdom of God is for all who will believe and obey God. God is looking for all who will bear the fruits of righteousness. God has sent His messengers. God has sent His own Son, Jesus. We have the Bible. We have the Word of God. So what are we going to do? Will we rebel against what God has taught us? Or will we believe Him, repent of our sins, and bear fruits of righteousness? Let’s be good tenants. Live for God. His way. Do the work He has called us to do. Live the life He has called us to live.


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