Read – Mark 12:1-12
The Lord Almighty planted a vineyard with the very best of everything—the choicest vines, a winepress, a watchtower, a wall for protection. “What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it?” He asks. (Isaiah 5:1-4).
He entrusts this vineyard to some farmers. These farmers are religious leaders who seek power to rule rather than wisdom to lead. They reject the proper role the Sovereign Lord has granted them in His kingdom.
God sends His prophets to collect the worship and obedience that are rightfully His. Some prophets are beaten; others are killed. All are mistreated. Finally, God sends His dearly loved Son. Israel’s leaders reject the Son and conspire to kill Him.
“The vineyard of the Lord Almighty
is the nation of Israel,
and the people of Judah
are the vines he delighted in.
And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed;
for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.” (Isaiah 5:7)
In this parable, the Pharisees know Jesus is accusing them of rejecting God’s Son and God’s kingdom. As the cornerstone, Jesus is the vertical standard of righteousness that defines our relationship with God and the horizontal standard of justice that defines our social relationships with each other. (See Isaiah 28:16-17) He is the foundation upon which the kingdom is built. Although the Pharisees see the truth of Scripture, they love their rule more than God’s rule, and they fear the crowd more than the judgment of God.
Reflection and Application: How am I demonstrating responsibility in the role God has entrusted to me in His kingdom?
What is my response to God’s one and only Son, Jesus Christ?
What truth of Scripture have I understood but rejected?
Pray: Lord God, thank you for loving me enough to send your Son to die for me.