The wicked husbandmen (Matthew 21:33-46) | back
33Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: The vineyard represents Israel and the husbandmen knew how to take care of things. The watchmen for the tower.
34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. He expected something in return at harvest.
35And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. The same way that the prophets through the years have been treated.
36Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. More were sent and they were treated the same way. Even the last of the prophets before Christ's advent, talking of John the Baptist.
37But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. Christ was sent by the Heavenly Father for reverence. (to be loved). Remember that all souls belong to God for His will. (Ezekiel 18:4)
38But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. They wanted to kill the Son (which they did) and take everything over. (Psalms 2:2-6)
39And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. Speaking of the crucifixion.
40When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? What will our Heavenly Father do to those responsible. They were murderers! They produced no fruit and no truth in the Word. Churches and ministries are to bring forth truth (good fruit), not traditions of men and false teachings. These murderers are the tares that are going to the lake of fire.
41They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. They did not understand that Christ was talking about them.
42Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Have Ye Not Read The Scriptures? The chief cornerstone they rejected was Christ, the Savior. (Psalms 118:22-24).
43Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. The Kingdom of God will be taken away from them, and will be given to a nation (or those), who will give God His share of the crop. Those who have the truth and please the Father.
44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. All who stumble on this rock of truth shall be broken, but those it falls on will be scattered as dust. God is not happy with those who misuse His children.
45And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. They finally realized that Christ was speaking of them.
46But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet. The chief priest and the religious leaders wanted to get rid of Him, but were afraid to try because of the crowds, for they accepted Jesus as a prophet.