"Hear another parable. There was a man who was a master of a household, who planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a winepress in it, built a tower, leased it out to farmers, and went into another country.
When the season for the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive his fruit.
The farmers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they treated them the same way.
But afterward he sent to them his son, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
But the farmers, when they saw the son, said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and seize his inheritance.'
So they took him, and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?"
They told him, "He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will lease out the vineyard to other farmers, who will give him the fruit in its season."
Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner. This was from the Lord. It is marvelous in our eyes?'
"Therefore I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a nation bringing forth its fruits.
He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but on whoever it will fall, it will scatter him as dust."
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke about them.
When they sought to seize him, they feared the multitudes, because they considered him to be a prophet.
Insight- God's people rejected the prophets of old and when God sent his son, they rejected him too; God then extended his mercy to the gentile nations. Those who repent of their sins and accept the atoning work of Jesus on the cross will inherit eternal life; those who rebel and reject him will suffer eternal punishment is what the Bible teaches.
Question- Have you accepted the atoning work of Jesus on the cross for your salvation or are you living as a rebel? If you have accepted Jesus as Savior, are you bearing fruit by abiding in him?
Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, help me to live a life bearing much fruit, being obedient to your Word. In Jesus name. Amen.
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