July 9, 2024 Daily Devotion

The Parable of the Tenants

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

Mark 12:10

Jesus tells this parable of the tenants to the Chief Priests, the scribes, and elders amongst a crowd of people. The landowner is God and the vineyard is Israel, God’s chosen people. The tenants are the religious leaders, and the servants are the prophets sent by God. The landowner owner’s son is Jesus.

If a landowner didn’t have an heir in the first century, the land became the property of the tenants. So instead of showing the landowner’s son his due respect, they decide to kill him so the land will become theirs.

Jesus is prophesying His own death at the hands of the Jewish religious leaders. And even though His death will make a way for the forgiveness of mankind, there will be a reckoning for this disobedient people and generation. Because they’re rejecting the One who will become the cornerstone of God’s kingdom.

Jesus’ warning is that the vineyard would be taken from those who refuse to submit to God and given to those who would. The implication here is that God’s vineyard was being opened to the Gentiles-and anyone who would submit themselves to the Jesus, the cornerstone.

Jesus is the cornerstone of God’s kingdom.

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