Vineyard Vengeance. — Parable of the Wicked Tenants #1

Parable of the Wicked Tenants

Matthew 21:33-46

33 “Now listen to another story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. 34 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop. 35 But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36 So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same.

37 “Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’

38 “But when the tenant farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ 39 So they grabbed him, dragged him out of the vineyard, and murdered him.

40 “When the owner of the vineyard returns,” Jesus asked, “what do you think he will do to those farmers?”

41 The religious leaders replied, “He will put the wicked men to a horrible death and lease the vineyard to others who will give him his share of the crop after each harvest.”

42 Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?

‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
    and it is wonderful to see.’[b]

Psalm 118:22-23

43 I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit. 44 Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.[c]

45 When the leading priests and Pharisees heard this parable, they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. 46 They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, who considered Jesus to be a prophet.

34
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling.

Luke 13:34

Notes

In the last days, two prophets will be slain in Jerusalem—After 3½ days, they will be resurrected—Christ will reign over all the earth.[2]

references & reflections

[1] https://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-lesson-in-parable-of-wicked.html
[2] https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/nt/rev/11?lang=eng

Kingdom of Heaven: Secret Seed Words #5

Are we wheat or weeds? Good or bad seeds?

The Parable of the Weeds

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.

26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.


30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”

Matthew 13:24-30

We are all sown as seeds with the Word of Jesus. Christ is the good farmer in the parable, and the field represents the world.

The good seeds are the people of the Kingdom of Heaven. The weeds are people of the Evil One.

And angels are symbolized by the harvesters, just as Jesus explains exclusively as the crowds are exiting away, to his disciples, for those who and are receptive to His Word, who have ears to hear, listen, and understand:

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

37He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.


38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one,


39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.


41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.


42They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Matthew 13:36-43

Related Readings

  1. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/20/hearts-treasury-seed-words-1/
  2. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/21/hearts-treasury-teachings-secret-seed-words-2/
  3. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/21/good-soul-soil-secret-seed-words-3/
  4. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/21/wealths-deceits-hearts-treasury-teachings-secret-seed-words-4/

Questions About the Kingdom of Heaven?

References

[1] http://steve-constable-ygkp.squarespace.com/sermon-lane/2017/6/23/the-wheat-and-the-weeds-questions-for-groups-and-personal-study
[2] https://tonyagnesi.com/2018/04/are-you-wheat-or-weed/

Parable of the Shrewd Manager

Cross Reference. The Parable of the Talents His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ — Matthew 25:23

Management as a service. We are to be servant-leaders just as Jesus was the Good Shepherd [John 10:11]

Be Ready for Service

35 Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning.
36 Then you will be like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once.
37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds on watch when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve and will have them recline at the table, and he himself will come and wait on them

Luke 12:35-37

Maranatha

We are entrusted with the wealth of God, His Word, wisdom and teachings, psalms, parables, proverbs, promises and prophecy, as His property managers and temporary stewards, the shepherds of His holy flock, until the day Christ finally returns. Maranatha.

41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”
42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?
43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.

Luke 12:41-43

Lord, let us be mindful, watchful and faithful for the things that the world considers the littlest and least, the lost and last

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?

Luke 16

The Sheep and the Goats

40 And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’

Matthew 25:40

references & reflections

[1] https://bibleaboutmoneyfinance.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/e0211-2016-11-13parables239-shrewdmanagerluke16_1-172811.13.201629.pdf

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