"The Parable of the Wicked Tenants"
9 And he began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant[a] to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.' 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.' 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When they heard this, they said, "Surely not!" 17 But he looked directly at them and said, "What then is this that is written:
"'The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone'?[b]
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him."19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.
This parable is about God's relationship with the people he created.
1. He gave us this world to us to live in and to reap the benefits of it.
2. He sent prophet after prophet (Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, etc.) that the people rejected and treated badly. People continue to reject the Word today.
3. Then he sent his Son, and they rejected him. They beat him and they killed him thinking they could somehow keep the property for themselves. They didn't understand that the Lord had sent His Son to rescue them. People still reject Him and act hostile toward Him.
Even though the world is not ours, we often think it is. Even though our possessions and even our own abilities and talents are gifts from God, we somehow think that they are ours, and so we treat them as such. When we fail to realize that all we have is a gift of God, and then he comes expecting to get just some of the fruit of the vineyard, and we don't give him what is owed to him, namely the honor, respect, love and the fruits of faith that he has cultivated, what do you think his reaction should be?
Thankfully, if you believe and have received the owner of the vineyard, namely the Lord Himself, you need not worry about being destroyed. This parable is a warning to those who reject God's message and His messengers. It is a warning to those who think that the vineyard, namely their very lives, are their own and not the Lord's. It is a warning to those who don't realize and understand that the Lord is God, and He alone will judge.
It is also a reminder of God's grace to us even while we are here on this earth. He has planted this world, with all of it's blessings and put us in this vineyard we call earth, not to abuse it, and certainly not to dishonor our creator with it, but to keep it and harvest it for the day when the Lord returns!
Live in this world knowing that it is only temporary, that it is not your own, and that one day the master will return and all we have to do is receive him and share his fruit with Him forever!
Prayer: Lord, you have blessed us with so many blessings, too abundant for us to recount it all. Make us grateful tenants of your creation, and help us to share the fruits of your labor with you. Amen.
Thurs- Board of outreach meeting has been moved to next Tuesday at 6pm; Gun club organizational meeting 7pm
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; Elder meeting noon
Acolyte- 8:30- Hannah Johnson 11- Gus Klaustermeier
Ushers- Sun- Scott and Alex Heitgerd, Bob and Tom Linke
Altar- Sun Set up- Terry McKenzie ; Clean up- Wanda Turnure
Elders- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- Don Turnure
Greeters- 8:30- Allan and Barb Dreyer; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay Readers- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Tim Linke; 11 - Kailyn Blechle
Pianist- Sat- Barb Dreyer
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone 8:30- Schaumberg; 11- Kalene Masters
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: Where was Moses supposed to go to see the Promised Land and to die?
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