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Are we a fruitful Garden?Matthew 21:33-44 KJV
“Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
This is the final condemnation of the Jews as the fruitful servants of God.
1. It had been about 2200 years since Abram was born.
2. It had been about 1850 years since Jacob had died.
3. It had been about 1450 years since Moses received the 10 commandments.
4. It had been about 1000 years since David was king.
5. It had been over 700 years since Israel was captured and dispersed.
6. It had been around 600 years since Judah had been taken off to Babylon.
It had been predicted in Psalms and Isaiah:
“The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.”
Psalms 118:22-23 KJV
“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.”
Isaiah 28:16 KJV
It was reiterated in 1 Peter:
“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,”
1 Peter 2:6-7 KJV
So, what is the parable?
1. God is the householder.
2. Heaven is the far country.
3. The Jewish leaders are the husbandmen.
4. The many Prophets are the servants, and they were dishonored and not believed.
5. Finally, God sent Jesus, and they killed him.
God now provides the opportunity to the Gentiles to tend his Garden.
Will we grow the good fruits for him…and take care of His Vineyard here on Earth?