Last week, I considered how there is so much to gain when we believe in Jesus, but there is also so much to lose. These verses today show Jesus explaining what was happening to those who refused to believe. In the first parable, we are told of two sons who were given the same instructions and one obeyed and one disobeyed. But Jesus added a twist by showing that what they said didn't matter as much as what they did. In the second parable, Jesus points out the fact that God had sent many prophets to Israel in order to help them give to God; however, they were rejected and killed. But Jesus continued on with the parable by pointing out that God sent His Son who was also beaten and killed by the evil tenants.
But some of the illustrations that Jesus used was interesting because He called the farmers in the parable "tenants." These tenants didn't want to give the owner what was due to him. Jesus pointed out that was what was happening to Israel in its unbelief. Their disobedience to God would eventually lead to their destruction. Jesus pointed out that God would give the opportunity to serve Him to those who would be willing to obey. There are a couple of things that stick out at me in these parables.
First, God values our obedience - this is what He wants from all of us. The next is the fact that in the second parable, the evil tenants seemed to forget who the land owner was. They seemed to think that because they lived on the land they were set and could do whatever they wanted to do. In a sense, they were living on the land as if it were their own. Finally, God values obedience so highly that He will reward the obedient no matter who they are. We have an inheritance from Heaven that is greater than anything this world can give us. But, we need to remember where the inheritance came from and continue to obey. When we forget who gave us the inheritance of life we risk a living a life of disobedience. But when we believe and obey, there is so much God wants to share with us!
Do you walk through life remembering who gave you life?
This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty.