The Ultimate Building Block
Intro: Joke: How long it'll take me to find a lawyer?"
Authority questioned after clearing the temple.
9 He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
The Owner is God the Father
The Farmers who rented the land or Tenants are the Pharisees
The Servants are the prophets
Jesus coming to the temple was like the Father sending him after a long time away… planting the garden of Eden and leaving humankind in charge of the earth to produce fruit.
Example: We are stewarding God’s things.
Hale Ola, the tools, the buildings, money, etc.
Application: Do I treat God’s things the same as I treat my own?
Should there even be a difference?
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
The Son is Jesus Christ.
The parable seems to indicate they actually knew he was the Son of God.
1. God loves even those who reject him.
Would the enemies of God really think by killing Jesus, they would get his inheritance?
Example: The blindness of Satan in killing Jesus.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”
It’s a message of provocation.
There is a cycle, a progression..
God pursuing Israel.
Israel’s rejection of God.
God punishing Israel.
Including the Gentiles.
All are included in God’a plan of salvation.
2. God uses rejection by some for the inclusion of all.
Their inheritance, was given to others then offered back to them as well.
Remember Paul was a Jew who found Jesus.
He was the same as the Pharisees standing there in front of Jesus.
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
God knows people.
In case I think too highly of myself.
“Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor…” Ecclesiastes 4:4a
Example: Micah’s envy of my rock throne motivating him to build his own.
Jesus was stirring up this envy…
17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked,
“Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone’? (Psalm 118:22)
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces;
anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
Clearly they were rejecting him right then.
3. God uses envy to turn hearts back to the gospel.
What is a Cornerstone? -
a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
1) build on Jesus or 2) get crushed by him.
And that’s all that matters.
There is no Jew or Gentile…
only righteous and wicked.
19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
They knew the truth.
They knew they were wrong but would rather die than admit it.
Example: The desire to BE RIGHT.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever…”
A Cornerstone never changes.
4. The gospel never changes.
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
1 Peter 2:8-10
Once we were all NOT A PEOPLE, but now we are PEOPLE OF GOD.