Jesus + The Vineyard Parable
Mark 12:1-12 NASB
1And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and put a wall around it, and dug a vat under the wine press and built a tower, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 2 At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers. 3 They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. 5 And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others. 6 He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’7 But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ 8 They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the chief corner stone;
11 This came about from the Lord,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away.
- A Patient Father 12:1-5
- A Benevolent Father 12:6-8
- A Just Father 12:9-12
- Why do you think Jesus uses a parable to describe the events leading up to His crucifixion? How have you experienced the patient character of God in your life? The nation of Israel killed the prophets, that God sent to guide them and call them back into relationship with Him. In what ways have you ignored or passed on the ways God has attempted to intervene in your life?
- In the parable, what is the father’s rationale for sending his only son? How do you understand the Heavenly Father’s motive for sending His Only Son? What similarities do you see and how does that impact the way(s) you view God?
- Who has God put in your life, that does not yet have a relationship with Jesus? Who is in your life, that has rejected the Corner Stone (12:10) in the person of Christ? How can you invite others in to pray with you for those people? What ways can you love them with Christ’s love today?