We read in today’s passage how the Chief Priest, Scribes and the Elders confronted Jesus as he taught in the temple questioning his authority and Jesus also responded asking them that the baptism of John the Baptist was from where, God or from men, they then reasoned amongst themselves and refused to answer the question and Jesus told them neither will he also tell them by whose authority is he doing the things he did.
As he continued with his teaching, he told them of a parable of a certain man who planted a vineyard and leased to wine dressers and when the time for harvest came, he sent a servant to them but they beat up the servant and sent him empty handed. He then sent a second and third servants, they also did likewise to them and he thought to himself let me send my son he might probably have respect for his son. But, when the vinedressers saw the son they reasoned amongst themselves and killed him because he was the heir. When the owner realized what they did to his son, he then destroyed them and gave the vineyard to another. The Chief priest and elders were furious because they knew he was talking to them and sought to lay hands on him but couldn’t because they were afraid of the people.
It is amazing to note that the Chief priest and elders, who knew and understood the truth of God’s word didn’t believe in him because they were misguided by their own jealousy and hypocrisy. They were hearers of God’s word and not doers. They were quick to condemn those who do not the do the words. It is of great importance that we begin to do God’s word and not hear only.
I will not be a hearer only but a doer of God’s words daily
Reading – Luke 20:1-19
The Authority of Jesus Questioned
20 One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. 2 “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”
3 He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me: 4 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?”
5 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”
7 So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.”
8 Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
The Parable of the Tenants
9 He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love;perhaps they will respect him.’
14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”
17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone’[a]?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
- Luke 20:17 Psalm 118:22