MY WELL-BELOVED HATH A VINEYARD IN A VERY FRUITFUL HILL (CONTINUED)
Mark 12:1-9 "And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.'
8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
5 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
Our Well-Beloved took great care to establish, maintain and protect His vineyard and before going into Spirit, he and let it out to husbandmen. As seen in the previous five lessons, this was a work in righteousness filled with grace. He gave out of His fullness to husbandmen. Webster’s Dictionary notes a meaning of husbandman that is not in use in America. It is the master of a family. It is written that God setteth the solitary in families (Psalm 68:6). The solitary is the only begotten Son! It is amazing how some leaders act as though God’s people belong to them instead.
The Husbandmen in Mark’s parable were left to only care for God’s people because every provision had been supplied. When people desire personal kingdoms, God’s people are the pawns in their games. That which was God’s heritage was used for their own greed. So obvious today and getting worse. Even when a servant is sent by God, there is almost a "so what?" attitude. The Lord of the vineyard has the final word!