Today’s Bible Reading:
Parable of the Evil Farmers
1Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. 2At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. 3But the farmers grabbed the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. 4The owner then sent another servant, but they insulted him and beat him over the head. 5The next servant he sent was killed. Others he sent were either beaten or killed, 6until there was only one left—his son whom he loved dearly. The owner finally sent him, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’
7“But the tenant farmers said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ 8So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard.
9“What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?” Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others. 10Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
11This is the lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.’”
12The religious leaders wanted to arrest Jesus because they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.
Verse of the Day:
We’re back in the book of Mark and the story picks up with Jesus continuing his conversation with the elders and high priests in the Temple.
I’m pretty sure that they aren’t the least bit happy with him at this point, especially since his last parable explained that they weren’t the ones going to Heaven.
Jesus continues speaking in parables – which is another word for a story that uses metaphors.
This story has several main points that are important to note:
- The owner plants the vineyard, digs the pits and builds a tower. Then he moves to another country and leases out his farm to a tenant farmer.
- When it’s time for harvest, the owner sends a servant to the farm to collect his portion of the crop that is owed to him.
- The farmers didn’t like this one bit, so they beat up the servant and sent him back empty handed.
- This happens over and over – every servant that is sent by the owner is either beaten or killed.
- Finally the owner sends his very own son, and they murder him.
- Jesus ends by saying the owner will come back, kill the farmers, and lease the land to another tenant.
What’s the meaning of the story for the elders and high priests? (Starr’s interpretation!!)
- God is the owner that has created the world and He has put the high priests and elders in a place to take care and shepherd the lost.
- The harvest time has come for souls to turn towards God, but the elders reject God’s plan and ultimately begin killing off everyone that God sends to prepare the way (example: John the Baptist).
- Finally, God sends His own son, Jesus.
- He is the cornerstone that the priests and elders will reject.
- Jesus is telling them that God is going to put someone else in place to do the job of taking care of the harvest.
At this point, they’d had it. The elders and high priests were ready to arrest Jesus. But, they’re afraid of the crowd, so they run away.
Did you have any other thoughts or interpretations from the story of the wicked farmer? This is what I came up with and I have no idea if it’s completely accurate (Brian approved, so it must not be too far off, right?). I’d love to hear your input!