Luke 20:9-12 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.
Despite being a parable, the first few verses are simplistic enough to get the meaning. The husbandmen are His chosen nation, the servants are the prophets of old. The son is God in the flesh, Jesus as we read in the next few verses.
Luke 20:13-15 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?
I think by now the Jews knew that He was speaking of them. Perhaps they thought He would just shrug it off, or call them a few names, I’m not sure if they were expecting this doozy, especially as we read their response at the end, “God forbid.”
Luke 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.
I think the sense of entitlement is not just for “the Millennials”. I really think that they thought they could do as they pleased and still make it because they held so strongly to the man-made traditions and had such high status, in fact the chapter ends with Jesus warning not to be like them with their long prayers and long robes, that they would have greater damnation. Elsewhere in the gospels Jesus chastising them that because they were not going into the Kingdom of God they were doing all they could to prevent others from getting in as well. (Matthew 23:13)
I don’t think they could stomach the fact that because they rejected the counsel of God (against themselves) Luke 7:30-35 that salvation was extended to the Gentiles.
Luke 20:17-19 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.
If they didn’t get the hint before, they surely did now. Verse 19 concludes that they knew that He’s spoken the parable against them.
What drives me nuts is the time slipping by. I think that if the Lord had “threatened” that I would not be accepted into the Kingdom, that another would take my place I would have thrown myself at His feet crying and begging Him to receive me once again. In the verses I don’t feel as if Jesus was saying “And so your fate is sealed, I don’t like you and never want to see you again, I’m going for the Chinese…”
They still had time to repent, I’m positive.
But they didn’t!
As people of God we often pray for revelation. It’s almost as if the Jews didn’t even have to pray it, revelation was given “in that moment”. They knew the Lord was chastising. But the Lord loves whom He chastises, so why didn’t they submit? Humble themselves and repent?
How is it that instead of an atmosphere such as this, they hardened themselves even more “that same hour sought to lay hands on Him”? Sin really does harden the heart.
To make matters worse as I read the second half I believe that the Lord was giving them the formula of what they had to do.
Luke 20:18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
We know that the Stone that the builders rejected is Jesus. Whoever comes to Him is broken and contrite, repentant… but those that are unrepentant are storing up treasures of wrath for the day of His appearing, they will be destroyed.
Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
There will be no more chances. Game over. It doesn’t even only apply to the end of the age, which we know we are in the last days of the last days. It goes for life and death. None of us know when our souls will be required. If after you hear the Word and you don’t obey it, or reject it, watch that it not be too late. Death doesn’t have to come, necessarily. God can justly give you over! (Romans 1:28)
Jesus always giving time for repentence. But, once the Gospel has been open theres an expiry, it’s not there forever.
Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
To imagine a time when mercy will run out is rather terrifying, if we can even manage to wrap our minds around it. All of our lives, including each new day we awake, mercy is there, has been there. It’s been there for our parents, grandparents, their parents and so forth all the way to Jesus.
In a way, it makes it much worse for those that have known Christ and have rejected Him. All the time of mercy denied.
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Terrible punishment we don’t like to think of. In that day men’s hearts will fail them. (Luke 21:26)
Revelation 6:14-17 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
I don’t want to reject Christ’s mercy. I don’t want to be destroyed i want to repent and be saved. The Bible tells us that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and that examples are in their to warn us. I believe this is one of the more serious warnings. Don’t reject Christ but come without delay. In the grave there is no repentance. Who knows what a day will bring forth.
Nahum 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.