War in the vineyard

Oregon takes vineyards seriously. Take a drive through the country, and you will see quite a few lining the hillsides. It made me wonder about Jesus’ parable in Mark 12. A vineyard owner leased it to tenants, who did not want to give it back. They beat or killed his servants, and then his son, also! The vineyard was put under new management.

In the chapters leading up to this, Mark records how Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. It is the week as He approached the cross. The Pharisees were pushing Him, testing Him, looking for a way to take Him down. He had disrupted them long enough, even stepped into the temple and disrupted the system of sacrifices. Where did He get the authority?

Jesus follows-up with this story. Genesis tells about God planting a garden. I wonder if this will follow in the same path. Here is the climax of the section:

“10 Have you not read this Scripture:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
11 this was the Lord’s doing,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?””

Paul says in Ephesians 2 that this cornerstone is Jesus. He is the foundation piece that establishes the layout of the building, the underlying support for construction. This is in direct contrast to the physical stones in the temple structure which would be moved. So where did Jesus get His authority? Maybe this story will shed some more light on that question? Post your comments below!

God, thank You for giving us chances to see. Sometimes it takes us a long time to recognize what You are doing. And we are quick to look to our own desires and systems. The tenants thought that they could steal the vineyard. If You have given us things on this earth to care for, do we try to take over Your authority to fill our own plans? Please help me learn to truly put Your will first. And thank You for parables and stories to learn from. Amen.


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