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Matthew 21:33-41. Mean Tenants. 18 Sep 2023

Mat 21:33 'Listen to another parable.
There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard;
he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower;
then he leased it to tenants and went abroad.
34 When vintage time drew near
he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce.
35 But the tenants seized his servants,
thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third.
36 Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number,
and they dealt with them in the same way.
37 Finally he sent his son to them thinking,
"They will respect my son."
38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other,
"This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance."
39 So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes,
what will he do to those tenants?'
41 They answered,
'He will bring those wretches to a wretched end
and lease the vineyard to other tenants
who will deliver the produce to him at the proper time.'

Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.

How bad can things go? Would the Jewish scribes and priests have been this bad?
If so, I would be able to do similar things.


Jesus, please protect me against my own legalism.

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