A debt of gratitude
November 3, 2019
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: A Debt of Gratitude
The wicked tenants in this parable had three problems, all of which could have been easily overcome. After all, the tenants Jesus was talking about were the Jews, particularly the religious leaders of the Jews and they were God’s chosen. But they chose to ignore their problems. First, they refused to believe that the owner (God) was the real authority in their lives…they thought they were. Second, they refused to give to the owner (God) what was agreed upon in rents (prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness). Finally, they refused to obey the reminders the owner (God) had given them to be faithful. Can we apply these failures to our own lives and learn how to live our lives as God’s faithful followers?
The Parable of the Tenants
33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.