Friday, March 11, 2022
38-39 “But when the farmhands saw the son arrive, they rubbed their hands in greed. ‘This is the heir! Let’s kill him and have it all for ourselves.’ They grabbed him, threw him out, and killed him.
40 “Now, when the owner of the vineyard arrives home from his trip, what do you think he will do to the farmhands?”
41 “He’ll kill them—a rotten bunch, and good riddance,” they answered. “Then he’ll assign the vineyard to farmhands who will hand over the profits when it’s time.”
42-44 Jesus said, “Right—and you can read it for yourselves in your Bibles:
The stone the masons threw out
is now the cornerstone.
This is God’s work;
we rub our eyes, we can hardly believe it!
“This is the way it is with you. God’s kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life. Whoever stumbles on this Stone gets shattered; whoever the Stone falls on gets smashed.”
45-46 When the religious leaders heard this story, they knew it was aimed at them. They wanted to arrest Jesus and put him in jail, but, intimidated by public opinion, they held back. Most people held him to be a prophet of God.
-Matthew 21:38-46 The Message
Verse 38: But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let’s kill him and take possession of his inheritance!’
Verse 39: And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
Verse 40: Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?”
Verse 41: They *said to Him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other vine-growers, who will pay him the fruit in the proper seasons.”
Verse 42: Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,
‘A stone which the builders rejected,
This has become the chief cornerstone;
This came about from the Lord,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’?
Verse 42 study: Jesus refers to himself as “the stone which the builders rejected.” Jesus was rejected by many of his people, he the cornerstone of his new building, the church.
Acts 4:11 11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief cornerstone.
1 Peter 2:7: This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for unbelievers,
“A stone which the builders rejected,
This became the chief cornerstone,”
Verse 43: Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruit.
Verse 44: And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and on whomever, it falls, it will crush him.”
Verse 44 study: Jesus used a metaphor to show that one stone can affect people in different ways, depending on how they relate to it.
Isaiah 8:14-15: 14 Then He will become a sanctuary;
But to both houses of Israel, He will be a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,
And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 Many will stumble over them,
Then they will fall and be broken;
They will be snared and caught.”
Isaiah 28:16: Therefore this is what the Lord God says:
“Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
A precious cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
The one who believes in it will not be disturbed.
Daniel 2:34: You continued watching until a stone was broken off without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.
Daniel 2:44-45: The Divine Kingdom
44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. 45 Just as you saw that a stone was broken off from the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is certain and its interpretation is trustworthy.”
Realistically, they would build on this; most people trip over it. At the last judgment, God’s enemies will be crushed by it. In the end, Christ, the “cornerstone,” will become the “crushing stone.” He offers mercy and forgiveness now and promises judgment later. We should choose him now.
Verse 45: When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.
Verse 46: And although they sought to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, since they considered Him to be a prophet.