What about the renters? (Luke 20)

And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. Luke 20:9

By this moment in Jesus earthly ministry we realize the battle has begun.  The forces have come out into the open against Jesus.  Despite their efforts the enemies of Jesus cannot defend themselves from the arrows of truth shot at them by Jesus.

In this chapter I want us to focus on verses 9-18.  Here we read a story well thought through and delivered by Jesus.  The story is about renters.  In this setting, we see the renters are those the Lord has leased the perfect land for producing a harvest.  The owner gives the renters the key to the property and takes a leave so they can work for a harvest, but instead they decide to raise who they want to raise and to do with the fruit as they wish.  But enter side-door the owner.

The religious leaders understand the parable.  They know God created the property.  He assigned the renters.  He expected a return from Israel.  But instead he received a rebellious response.

When the time came for the harvest there was no harvest.  So God sent His Son.  The response was, “Crucify Him.”  The result, “judgment for Israel and life for all who would believe in Jesus.”

Here is what I take away on this Monday morning:

  • Lord, I want to bear a maximum amount of fruit for you.

I want to be able to present the fruit to You God on the day I meet you.  May each day be lived for your glory.  The truth is we are only renters or tenant farmers of what You have given us.

  • Lord, may I work the field with zeal knowing you always bear fruit.

Brothers and sisters, work the field where you live today because you are only a renter of all that belongs to God.  And some day He is coming to take account!!!

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