Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lord of the Vineyard

Mark 12:1-12
1. And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. (Think of the “certain man” as the Lord and the “husbandman” as human beings. The Lord created the earth and all that is therein, that is the vineyard. He gave man dominion over the earth, therefore WE are the husbandman.)
2. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. (What fruit do you suppose the Lord is requesting from us? I believe He is asking for our praise, our love and most of all our faith. He is asking us to acknowledge Him as the owner of the vineyard and He wants a portion of our labor.)
3. And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
4. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
5. And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
6. Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
7. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. (And here is our world. They do not want to acknowledge the Lord of the vineyard. They want to squash every notion that there IS a Lord of the vineyard. And if they could kill the Lord, then they can finally become the Lord themselves. This has not changed one whit since Jesus came and even before that. If man can succeed in killing God, then they can rule. That is the focus of today’s politics. God must die so man can rule.)
8. And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
9. What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
10. And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
11. This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
12. And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.

As you can see for yourself, they fear the people less and less every day. And every day they draw closer and closer to the final killing of God. However, they cannot kill God, just as the Romans could not kill Jesus. Jesus lives! And God will live also. They live and they will destroy all that is against them. They will even destroy this earth that men are trying so hard to have the rule over. It will all go away in the fire. It is marvelous in our eyes because we are going to be spared in the great destruction. We are going to be kept over for the new creation. And in the new creation we will all acknowledge that the Lord is supreme and we will not have to struggle with anyone at all when we desire to worship and adore God and live by His will.