And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers. Mark 12:1-2
The parable of the Vine Growers or Wicked Tenants is basically about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The planter is God the Father, the vine growers is Israel. Harvest Time throughout the Bible is always symbolic of a special season from God. The slave (servant) that was sent is symbolic of the prophets of the Old Testament
They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. “And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others. Mark 12:3-5
We keep seeing time after time, over and over again. God would send a prophet and the rebellious people (vine growers) would either beat or kill the prophet. No matter who they sent Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, or Jeremiah. The people would rebel against the Word of God and abuse the prophets
He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. Mark 12:6-8
Finally, God would send his Son (Jesus Christ) surely the people would listen to him! But no they rejected him, tortured him, and nailed him to a cross! God was in the flesh and lived among them, yet they didn’t recognize him nor listen to him!
What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. Mark 12:9
Salvation is not only for the Jewish people anymore, God so loved the whole world that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to free us all from sin and death! Everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus shall be saved! Amen!
And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Mark 7:27
The story of a Gentile woman begging Jesus to save the life of her daughter. How can this Gentile woman even know Jesus is the Messiah (Christ) without growing up with the scriptures? The Holy Spirit led her and she believed with faith and knew Jesus is Lord
But Jesus response is interesting, somewhat harsh. He refers to Israel as the children and the Gentiles as dogs. Why? Because this is how Gentiles were viewed before Christ, we as Gentiles could not be Children of God without the blood of Christ
But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” Mark 7:28
Instead of this woman being offended and walking away, she agreed with Jesus. And she said she was willing to just eat the crumbs under the Lords Table. This showed the womans humility and reverence for Jesus
How many of us would be willing to eat the crumbs just to get near Christ? Most of us use Christ to build ourselves up, instead of letting Christ break us down. Jesus must increase and we must decrease!
And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” Mark 7:29
Because of her true faith, Jesus cast out the demon from her daughter. Jesus was testing her to see how she would respond. How would we respond if Jesus said that to us? We would be offended? Or would we humble ourselves to the King of Kings?
This was a foreshadow of the Gentiles coming into the Covenant with God through the blood of Jesus Christ Amen!
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Here the Apostle Paul talks about the “Law of Christ”, this is not the same as the “Law of Moses” that was given down at Mt Sinai. Remember Jesus fulfilled the Old Law on the cross when he said “It Is Finished”, anyone who is now in Christ is living by the Law of Christ which is Grace. So what is the Law of Christ?
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7
The legalist mocks the Law of Christ, saying this is a license to sin. However as Paul states God is not mocked. Whatever you sow you will reap. Meaning you live a life of sin you are going to reap a life of death and destruction.
The morality of the Law has not changed, Sin is Lawlessness. When you live in sin your actions don’t love God or your Neighbor which is the fulfillment of The Law
And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:38-40
Jesus laid out what the Law of Christ is, Love God and Love your Neighbor. This is the fulfillment of The Law. When you study the Mosaic Law, you will find a pattern. Every commandment is about loving God or your Neighbor.
Therefor Bear each other’s burdens and worship God with all your heart, mind and soul. This is the fulfillment of The Law of Christ Amen!
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, Jeremiah 31:31
Ever since the “Old Covenant” God has promised to deliver a “New Covenant”. In order for God to create a New Covenant he needs to fulfill or complete the Old Covenant.
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17
Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant, he needed to fulfill the Old Covenant in order for there to be a New Covenant.
not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 31:32
Notice God says this “New Covenant” is not going to be like the “Old Covenant” As it says “My covenant which they broke”. Time after time Israel broke the vows of the Old Covenant with God by practicing idolatry with false gods and practicing immorality
“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Jeremiah 31:33
So will say “How can we live morally if we are no longer under the law”? God says he will put his law in our hearts. Meaning through Christ we become baptized by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives inside us to sanctify us and convict us of our sins.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20
Jesus declared by the shedding of his blood, the New Covenant has been established. Come to Jesus and be set free from sin and death Amen!