This Sunday we’ll be looking at Mark 11:27, and reading all the way through to chapter 12:12. Read it here.
Don’t you just love how Jesus is always in control of a situation? Obviously, it’s the next day after Jesus interuped the worship at the temple…and as soon as He shows his mug around that place again, the “authorities” are all over Him. They ask about what “authority” Jesus is using to do the things He’s done. What do you think they mean by that?
Jesus pulls another “Jedi-Messiah” trick by turning the trap back on the trappers. He actually changes the subject, sort of. The common people of Jerusalem loved John the Baptist. The elders and leaders were absolutely cornered by Jesus’ question in response. If they denounced John as a fraud, the crowds would begin to resist them. But if they said John was of God, the crowds will wonder why they treated John with such skepticism. It was a no-win situation for them…a guaranteed double play ball.
That leads Jesus to tell the parable He tells in the begining of chapter 12. Traditionally, it’s refered to as “the parable of the wicked tenants”…but it could be more accurately called “the story of the renters from hell”.
Read the parable over. Who do the vinedressers who are renting the property represent? Who would they represent as we try to understand this parable for our own lives?
Who does the Landowner represent? What do we learn from about Him from His responses to the growing tensions?
What was the last straw in this stand-off? What drove the Landowner to action? What can we learn from this story about our own lives and the choices and responses we have?