Matthew 21:33-41 – Parable of the Vineyard
|| Mark 12:1-9; Luke 20:9-16
MT21:33 “Listen to another parable: A person was a landlord. Before traveling away, he planted a vineyard, fenced it around, dug a winepress, erected a tower and then he leased it out to cultivators. MT21:34 Now when the fruit came into season the landlord sent his slaves to the cultivators to gather in his crop. MT21:35 Having received his slaves the cultivators beat them, and one they killed and another they stoned. MT21:36 Then the landlord sent more slaves and they did the same to them. MT21:37 Finally, he sent off his own son, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ MT21:38 However, when the [cultivators] saw the son they told one another, ‘This is the heir. Come and let us kill him and then we will have his inheritance.’ MT21:39 Taking the son they threw him outside the vineyard and killed him. MT21:40 Now, when the lord of the vineyard arrived, what will he do to those cultivators?” MT21:41 The priests and Scribes answered, “Because they were bad people he will bring a bad destruction on them. Then he will lease the vineyard out to other cultivators who will produce the fruitage in the season.”
 Listen to another parable: Jesus is about to do something similar to the prophet Nathan: tell a story about these men and get them to condemn themselves. The landlord is Yehowah, God of the Jews. The cultivators are those Jewish men who were responsible: the priests, scribes, and elders. The “slaves” likely included John the Baptist and his disciples as well as Jesus’ own apostles. The “son” is Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus predicts an evil destruction upon those men. Jesus indicates his death will occur outside of Jerusalem.
Matthew 21:1-3 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Sent Ahead for a Donkey
Matthew 21:4-5 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Your King Is Coming upon a Donkey
Matthew 21:6-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Blessed the One Coming in God’s Name!
Matthew 21:10-11 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Who Is This?
Matthew 21:12-14 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Temple Cleansed
Matthew 21:12-14 – From a den of thieves to a house of prayer
Matthew 21:15-17 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Out of the Mouth of Babes
Matthew 21:18-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: A Cursed Fig Tree a Lesson in Faith
Matthew 21:23-27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Question of Authority
Matthew 21:28-32 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Parable of Two Children
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