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Jesus begins to speak to the people in parables (v. 1). He tells how an owner rented his vineyard out to tenant farmers or vine-dressers on a crop basis and then he went to stay in another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to collect his share of the crop. Instead of sharing the crop, the vine-dressers beat him up and sent him away (vv. 2-3). When the owner didn’t get his share he sent a second slave and then a third with the same results (vv. 4-5). Finally he sent his own beloved son, whom they killed (vv. 7-8).
The meaning of the parable is rather clear. The vineyard was the Jewish nation. The vine-dressers were Israel’s religious leaders. The slaves were the mistreated prophets and the beloved son was Christ. It was evident that the vine-dressers thought they could kill the son and take possession of the vineyard. By telling this story Jesus exposed the religious leaders plot to kill him and warned that their sins would be punished (vv. 9-11). He referred to Himself as the stone rejected by the builders (v. 10)).These leaders knew that Jesus was talking about them and they wanted to arrest Him (v. 12). However because of their fear of the crowd they let Him alone and departed. This parable is full of truth that tells us certain things about God:
Ask - Do I make Jesus feel welcome in my life? What action might make Him feel unwelcome? Do I let Him have what is rightfully His as it pertains to my time and material things?
And he began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But those tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' And 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 tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this Scripture: "'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?" And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.
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Mark 9:1-8Jesus takes 3 of His disciples to a high mountain
Mark 9:9-13Three disciples question about the transfiguration
Mark 9:14-29The disciples are helpless and ineffective
Mark 9:30-37Disciples arguing about who is the greatest
Mark 9:38-50Jesus says greatness comes from serving others.
Mark 10:1-12Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?
Mark 10:13-22Possessions don’t help you obtain eternal life
Mark 10:23-31Hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God
Mark 10:32-45Willingness to give extra service
Mark 10:46-52Every male Jew must attend passover
Mark 11:1-11Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Mark 11:12-18Jesus said the temple is a den of thieves
Mark 11:19-26Jesus cursed the fig tree and it dried up
Mark 11:27-33Jesus questioned on His authority
Mark 12:1-12Jesus tells about the owner of a vineyard
Mark 12:13-17Pharisees ask Jesus about paying poll tax
Mark 12:18-27Whose wife shall she be in the resurrection?
Mark 12:28-34"You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mark 12:35-44Jesus makes a series of charges against the scribes
Mark 13:1-13Prediction of "the time of Tribulation”
Mark 13:14-23False teachers in the end times
Mark 13:24-32A description of the Second Coming
Mark 13:33-37We must not be found sleeping
Mark 14:1-9Jesus anointed with perfume
Mark 14:10-16Judas arranges for Jesus betrayal
Mark 14:17-26Lord’s Supper replaces the Passover
Mark 14:27-31Peter’s heart was in the right place
Mark 14:32-42Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane
Mark 14:43-52Judas’ arrival to betray Jesus
Mark 14:53-65Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrin
Mark 14:66-72Peter denies his Lord three times
Mark 15:1-5Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate
Mark 15:6-15Barabbas is released
Mark 15:16-23Simon commanded to carry the cross
Mark 15:24-32Jesus nailed to the cross
Mark 15:33-41Jesus "gave up the ghost”
Mark 15:42-47Joseph places Jesus in the tomb