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Week 36 Day 2
In the Old Testament
salvation was interpreted
from enemies without
such as neighboring armies
Jesus in the New Testament
from the enemy within
to Jesus message
they preferred debate to repentance
and ironically thought
they could get rid of
the Jesus problem
by killing him
they recognized themselves in Jesus stories
but their reaction was
to persist in their sins
their eyes were opened to the truth
but their hearts were not changed.
GOD'S VINEYARDA much-too-patient man with a horrendous predicament.
23When Jesus came to the temple, the chief priests and elders confronted Him and said, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave you this authority?" 25Jesus answered, "The baptism of John--where was it from?" They reasoned among themselves, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' 26But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude." 27So they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know." He said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
28"What do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to
the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.' 29He
answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and
went. 30Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he
answered, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go. 31Which of the two did
the will of his father?' They answered Him, "The first."
Jesus said to them, "I say that tax collectors and harlots enter
the kingdom of God before you. 32John came to you in the way
of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors
and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not
afterward relent and believe.
33"There was a certain landowner, who planted a vineyard and
set a hedge around it, dug a winepress and built a tower. And he
leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. 34Now when
vintage time drew near, he sent servants to the vinedressers, to
receive its fruit. 35The vinedressers took his servants, beat one,
killed one, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other servants,
more than the first, and they did likewise to them. 37Then last
of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
38But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said, 'This is the
heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' 39So they
took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40"When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to
those vinedressers?" 41They said, "He will destroy those wicked
men, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render
to him the fruits in their seasons." 42Jesus said to them, "Have
you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders
rejected has become the chief cornerstone.'?"
45The chief priests and Pharisees perceived that He was
speaking of them. 46But when they sought to lay hands on Him,
they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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