Be Ready For God’s Harvest Day! (Matthew 21:33-46)Mark Bernthal, November 2, 2014
Part of the Post-Pentecost series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
I: Remember His Judgment
II: Respect His Messengers
III: Receive His Son
Two weeks ago when I was gone Sem. Student Ben Libby held a Bible Class entitled, “An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus”. One of the points Ben made was this: “the parables confront the hearers with the challenge to take a position concerning Jesus--Who is He? That Jesus is the Son of God and the promised Savior is the key that unlocks the parables. For those who reject Him as such, the parables serve an almost judging function.”
Well our parable this morning does just that. Several truths are revealed in this parable of the wicked vinedressers:
1) Servants of the vineyard owner are rejected and beaten by the vinedressers.
2) The son of the vineyard owner is rejected and killed by the vinedressers.
3) The vineyard is given to other vinedressers to take care of.
The parable is simple and vivid. A man planted a vineyard…
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33Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 35And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 37But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 45And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 46But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet. (KJV)