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The Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 

Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. 

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

This week we start a new study focusing on some of Jesus’ great parables, it is titled The Parables of Jesus Continue to Speak.

Today we are talking about Parable of the Wicked Tenants.


Luke 20:15 NKJV

15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?

Scripture Reading

Luke 20:9-19 NKJV

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers

9 Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. 

10 Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 

11 Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 

12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ 

14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ 

15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 

16 He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.”

And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”

17 Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone’?

18 Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

19 And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people—for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.” 


In Jesus name we pray.



Today’s parable is found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

It is obvious The Holy Spirit had something He wanted the readers of the Bible to understand.

  1. God is a compassionate God.

God is doing all He can for people, yet He still allows us freedom of choice.

This truth is presented in the parable.

God is pictured placing confidence in humankind.

The verse, “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers,” simply means the owner trusted the vineyard to someone else.

God is pictured sending messengers.

Three different messengers are mentioned.

The number three in the Bible is a complete number.

This means that God used His messengers to the fullest.

God is pictured sending His only begotten Son.

The most compassionate and loving event in all history is that of sending Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to seek and save the lost.

This truth is shown to us in the statement about the stone in verse 17 and 18.

The stone is Jesus.

Stones have many purposes in buildings.

They determine the positions of the walls and thus the shape of the whole building.

A stone can be a keystone at the top and consummate the whole work.

Or it can be the foundation stone, which determines the strength and durability of the building.

Jesus is each of these to human life. 

2. To reject God’s plea is a tragedy.

This is displayed in the parable by the rejection of the one who God sends.

To reject God’s servant is to reject God Himself.

To reject God’s Son is to be destroyed.

We see this in the rejection of the stone.

An example is that of a trap to snare an animal.

When the animal trips the trigger, the stone falls and the animal is crushed to death.

When people reject Jesus Christ, their choice brings about their doom.

Another example is that of a blind person stumbling and falling on a stone.

This is the plight of those who are blind to the truth, with unbelief in their hearts, or with false beliefs.

They are spiritually blind and fall into hopeless despair. 


We have seen God’s concern and His continual efforts to reach us.

We have also been warned of the tragic consequences of rejecting Jesus Christ.

It my hope and prayer that you will not reject the Lord Jesus but accept Him.

Until next time

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