Week 36   Day 2


In the Old Testament

            salvation was interpreted

            as deliverance

            from enemies without

            such as neighboring armies 


Jesus in the New Testament

            preached salvation

            from the enemy within




The religious leaders of his day
were deaf

            and blind

            to Jesus message 

they preferred debate to repentance

            and ironically thought

            they could get rid of 

            the Jesus problem

            by killing him

they recognized themselves in Jesus stories

            but their reaction was

            to persist in their sins 

their eyes were opened to the truth

            but their hearts were not changed. 




                                       GOD'S VINEYARD
A much-too-patient man with a horrendous predicament.

                                             Matthew 21


    23When Jesus came to the temple, the chief priests and 
confronted Him and said, "By what authority are You
these things?  And who gave you this authority?"  
answered, "The baptism of John--where was it from?" 
reasoned among themselves, "If we say, 'From heaven,'
He will
say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'  26But if
we say,
'From men,' we fear the multitude."  27So they answered
and said, "We do not know."  He said to them, "Neither
will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

    28"What do you think?  A man had two sons, and he came to

the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'  29He

answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and

went.  30Then he came to the second and said likewise.  And he

answered, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go.  31Which of the two did

the will of his father?'  They answered Him, "The first." 

    Jesus said to them, "I say that tax collectors and harlots enter

the kingdom of God before you.  32John came to you in the way

of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors

and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not

afterward relent and believe.

    33"There was a certain landowner, who planted a vineyard and

set a hedge around it, dug a winepress and built a tower.  And he

leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.  34Now when

vintage time drew near, he sent servants to the vinedressers, to

receive its fruit.  35The vinedressers took his servants, beat one,

killed one, and stoned another.  36Again he sent other servants,

more than the first, and they did likewise to them.  37Then last

of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 

38But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said, 'This is the

heir.  Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'  39So they

took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

    40"When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to

those vinedressers?"  41They said, "He will destroy those wicked

men, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render

to him the fruits in their seasons."  42Jesus said to them, "Have

you never read in the Scriptures:  'The stone which the builders

rejected has become the chief cornerstone.'?"

    45The chief priests and Pharisees perceived that He was

speaking of them.  46But when they sought to lay hands on Him,

they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.
                   This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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