This Sunday we’ll be reading Luke 20:9-19 – the parable of the wicked tenants…Or as I like to call it, the story of the renters from hell.
The people and the religious leaders all understood what and who Jesus was talking about when he told this story. It was very similar to a song that Isaiah the prophet sang, concerning Israel’s unfaithfulness. It’s easy to read the allegory of this story: The vineyard would be Israel, the owner would be God, the farmer/tenants were the religious leadership, the servants sent by the owner would have been the prophets sent with warnings; the owners son – Messiah. Jesus was forecasting the ruin of the people of promise because they failed to cooperate with God’s plan of salvation.
If we were to transliterate this story to our present context of New Testament life, how would we make the connections? What would the vineyard, tenants, servants represent to us today? The owner and the son, we can safely assume, would remain the same.
Is there anything in this parable that touches your daily life right now? How do you view the issue of ownership in the context of the church, or in the context of your life? How do you handle change in the church (what do you feel if someone sits in your favorite seat, or if a new approach is used in addressing church needs)? How do you react when life doesn’t seem to go the way you want it to, or your plans get thwarted or changed?
Who is owner and who is tenant in your view of life?
Hope to see you Sunday.