We have a rich passage today! The ESV breaks our passage into two sections:
The Authority of Jesus Challenged (1-8)
All throughout the Gospels, one of the distinguishing marks of Jesus’s authority. In our passage today, the Scribes are questioning the authority of Jesus. Jesus creates a scenario in which he makes the Scribes look silly, but by doing this, it does show the authority that Jesus has. This principle reflects the fact that God has full authority in all endeavors, but we also know that sin is rebellion against the authority of God. When you think about your life, do you more consistently submit to the authority of God, or rebel from it? Or to put it another way, are you more like a prideful Scribe or a humble disciple?
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (9-18)
The main point of this Parable, as the ESV Study Bible says, is “to show that God (the “owner,” v. 13) is taking away the kingdom from Israel.” This should serve as good news to us, because the majority of the people reading this are not Jewish by heritage; so this means we are able to brought into the Kingdom through what God has done on the cross. But it should also serve as a warning: are you living your life for God’s Kingdom or yours? Is there some repentance that needs to be shown on your end?
What is a proper response for you today? Share it in the comments!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice