Rev. Dr. Christopher Ascher, pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 21:33-46.
Jesus patiently teaches another parable concerning the wickedness of the tenants (religious leaders of those days). This parable is both scary and strange. What master would send multiple people to terrible tenants, let alone his own son? As we put on our Christ goggles, we see a patient and merciful master (God the Father) who would be willing to give His own Son even to wicked tenants. Yet, this proclamation has a strong warning: Repent and believe for there will be a time of separation. This cornerstone of Christ is our foundation but for those who deny His Son will be crushed by the weight taken out of His vineyard. “O Holy Spirit, bring us to repentance to live in Your fruitful vineyard. Give repentance to others in our lives so that the gifts of forgiveness and salvation may be theirs. Amen”
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The Parable of the Tenants
33 “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. 34 When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants[a] to the tenants to get his fruit. 35 And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 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.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;[b]
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”[c]
45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.
- Matthew 21:34 Or bondservants; also verses 35, 36
- Matthew 21:42 Greek the head of the corner
- Matthew 21:44 Some manuscripts omit verse 44
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