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Mark Chapter 12 (12 of 16)
Series: The Gospel of Mark
1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. 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.
This parable continued to make a statement against the Jewish religious authorities. The metaphorical equivalences are obvious: the householder or landowner is God, the vineyard Israel, the husbandmen or tenants the leaders of the nation, the servants the prophets, and the son is Jesus Messiah. Once that clarity is established it makes the parable understandable. Notice the care that the Father has in Israel. He built a wall to keep out animals, a watchtower to guard against thieves and fire, and dug a winepress to squeeze the grapes right there. All this shows His confidence that His vineyard will bear fruit. It was always God intent to make Israel a fruitful vine. He expected fruit from them from the leaders and from all who were led by their example.
The husbandmen or tenants were responsible not only to maintain the vineyard but also to carry out ALL of the specific details, which were left to them when the householder left. The householder's departure was not a permanent one; he would come back and reclaim that which was already his and reward his husbandmen or tenants appropriately.
2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
When the time of fruit arrived the householder or landowner sent his servant back into his own vineyard to receive the fruits of the vineyard. Again, it was obvious that the householder or landowner expected that those who were left to watch over his vineyard would carry out his instructions to the letter as well as to carry on the business of making the vineyard fruitful. The prophets were sent over and over again to the nation Israel by ...
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