The Parable About Greed

Thursday, February 10, 2022

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The Story of the Greedy Farmhands

33-34 “Here’s another story. Listen closely. There was once a man, a wealthy farmer, who planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug a winepress, put up a watchtower, then turned it over to the farmhands and went off on a trip. When it was time to harvest the grapes, he sent his servants back to collect his profits.

35-37 “The farmhands grabbed the first servant and beat him up. The next one they murdered. They threw stones at the third but he got away. The owner tried again, sending more servants. They got the same treatment. The owner was at the end of his rope. He decided to send his son. ‘Surely,’ he thought, ‘They will respect my son.’

-Matthew 21:33-37 The Message

Parable of the Landowner

Verse 33: “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it, and dug a winepress in it, and built a tower, and he leased it to vine-growers and went on a journey.

Verse 33 study: There are a few points to this parable:

  1. The landowner; God.
  2. The vineyard; Israel
  3. The vine-growers; the Jewish religious
  4. The landowner’s slaves; the prophets and priests who remained faithful to God and preached to Israel
  5. The Son; Jesus (21:38)
  6. The other vine-growers; the Gentiles.

Jesus was exposing the religious leaders’ murderous plot (21:45).

Verse 34: And when the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his fruit.

Verse 35: And the vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.

Verse 36: Again, he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they did the same things to them.

Verse 37: But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

Verse 37 study: In trying to reach us with his love, God finally sent his own Son, Jesus’ perfect life, his words of truth, and his sacrifice of love is meant to cause us to listen to him and follow him as Lord. If we ignore God’s gracious fight for his Son, we are rejecting God.