Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Luke 20:9 And Jesus 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.
This is the parable of the vineyard. Scholars connect it with the parable of the vineyard told by the prophet in Isaiah chapter 5. We can be almost certain that Jesus' audience would have recognised His connection to but change from the original. God was looking for justice and righteousness, but got only bloodshed and cries of distress. In Jesus' parable, He is covertly talking of the reception He was receiving from the Scribes and Chief Priests.
But we are in exactly the same position. Jesus planted a vineyard - His kingdom - and has gone away on long journey to claim a kingdom - leaving us as the workers in His vineyard to produce a crop and give Him a return on His capital when He asks. How do we treat those who come to us in His name? Do we beat them and send them away empty handed, or do we welcome them and give them the master's share to take away?