Through the Bible in One Year

Day 32

Matthew 21:33-46

“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

the Lord has done this,

and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

This parable shows how most of Israel rejected Jesus as God’s beloved Son.  And this rejection revealed that they misunderstood Jesus’ purposes.  They resisted in open rebellion against his plan of salvation.  As a result, God’s kingdom and power are given to others—to those who respond positively to the message of Christ—whether they are Jew or Gentile, who are those people from nations and cultures that are not Jewish.  This principle is still in operation.  The kingdom and its power will be taken away from those who fail to remain faithful to Christ.  Instead it will be given to people who separate themselves from the ungodly beliefs and behaviors of the world and who pursue God’s standards and purposes above all else.

Tomorrow’s Bible Readings:

Exodus 15:19-17:7, Matthew 22:1-33, Psalm 27:1-6 and Proverbs 6:20-26

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