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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
73

"Listen to another parable.
A master of an estate planted a vineyard,
And he put a fence around it
and dug in a wine-press and built a tower;
then he rented it to farmers and went away on a journey.
When the season of the fruit drew near,
he sent a servant to the farmers
so that from the farmers
he might receive from the fruit of the vineyard;
taking him they beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
Again he sent to them another servant,
and that one they hit in the head and insulted.
He sent another in addition, and that one they killed.
There were many others also, some beaten, others killed.

"The lord of the vineyard said, 'What should I do?
I will send my beloved son;
perhaps this one they will respect.'

"But the farmers, seeing the son, said among themselves,
'This is the heir; come let's kill him,
so that the inheritance may become ours.'
Taking him they threw him out of the vineyard
and killed him.

"When the lord of the vineyard comes,
what will he do to those farmers?"

They said to him, "The bad ones he will destroy,
and the vineyard he will rent to other farmers,
who will give him back the fruit in their seasons."

Jesus said to them,
"Have you never read in the scriptures:

A stone which the builders rejected,
this became the corner-stone;
it was from the lord,
and it is marvelous in our eyes?

The one falling on this stone will be shattered;
but whomever it falls upon, it will crush him.
For this reason I tell you
that the sovereignty of God will be taken from you
and will be given to a nation producing its fruit."

The high priests and the Pharisees hearing his parables
knew that he was talking about them;
they tried to arrest him,
yet they were afraid of the crowd,
since they held him as a prophet.

Jesus again spoke to them in parables.
"The sovereignty of heaven is like a king,
who gave a wedding for his son.
He sent his servants to call those invited to the banquet,
and they would not come.
Again he sent other servants saying, 'Tell those invited:
look, I have prepared my luncheon;
my oxen and fattened calves have been butchered,
and everything is ready; come to the banquet.'
But not caring they went off,
one to his field, another to his business;
and the rest, seizing his servants, insulted and killed them.
The king became angry, and sending his armies
he destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

"Then he said to his servants, 'The banquet is ready,
but those invited were not worthy;
therefore go to the street corners,
and call as many as you find to the banquet.'
Those servants going out into the streets
gathered everyone they found, both bad and good;
and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

"But coming in to see the guests
the king saw there a person not wearing wedding clothes;
and he said to him, 'Friend,
how did you get in here without having wedding clothes?'
He was silent.

"Then the king said to the attendants,
'Tying his feet and hands
throw him out into the outer darkness;
there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.'
For many are called, but few are selected."

73. Parables of the Vineyard and a Wedding Harmony 73 * Interpretation 73
74. Pharisees and Sadducees Test Jesus Harmony 74 * Synthesis 74 * Interpretation 74

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