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Murder In The Vineyard (31 of 37)
Series: Then Came Jesus
Dr. Stan Coffey
I.GOD'S GOODNESS TO THE PEOPLE
II. GOD'S WITNESS TO MEN
III. GOD'S STERNNESS TO MEN
This morning I want to invite your attention again to the Gospel of Mark. We've been studying the life of Jesus and following the Lord Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.
We've been studying for the last few Sundays about the last week of Jesus on the earth and how He came into direct confrontation with the religious establishment of His day and will eventually will end in His death on the cross at Calvary.
In Mark Chapter 12 beginning in Verse 1 again Jesus confronts the religious leaders of His day and pronounces the judgment of God upon them. It's amazing but so many times the very people who are suppose to know the most about God cannot recognize God when He comes.
That's exactly what happened in the life of the Pharisees and scribes who had studied about the Messiah and yet when the Messiah came they did not recognize the Messiah.
This morning I want to speak on the subject, "Murder In The Vineyard". Notice in Verse 1 Jesus in responding to the challenge to His authority that the scribes and Pharisees made said this:
"A CERTAIN MAN PLANTED A VINEYARD, AND SET AN HEDGE ABOUT IT, AND DIGGED A PLACE FOR THE WINEFAT, AND BUILT A TOWER, AND LET IT OUT TO HUSBANDMEN, AND WENT INTO A FAR COUNTRY.
AND AT THE SEASON HE SENT TO THE HUSBANDMEN A SERVANT, THAT HE MIGHT RECEIVE FROM THE HUSBANDMEN OF THE FRUIT OF THE VINEYARD. AND THEY CAUGHT HIM, AND BEAT HIM, AND SENT HIM AWAY EMPTY.
AND AGAIN HE SENT UNTO THEM ANOTHER SERVANT; AND AT HIM THEY CAST STONES, AND WOUNDED HIM IN THE HEAD, AND SENT HIM AWAY SHAMEFULLY HANDLED.
AND AGAIN HE SENT ANOTHER; AND HIM THEY KILLED, AND MANY OTHERS; BEATING SOME, AND KILLING SOME. HAVING YET THEREFORE ONE SON, HIS WELLBELOVED, HE SENT HIM ALSO LAST UNTO THEM, SAYING, THEY WILL REVERENCE MY SON.
BUT THOSE HUSBANDMEN SAID AMONG THEMSELV ...
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