Mark 12a Notes

Mark12a (vs1-12)                                      Notes



1   And He began to speak to them in parables.


His   favorite device for instruction (Mk4 -- note v34). Master Teacher at work in   the temple.


"A   man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it


Known   figure of Israel   as vine of God (Isa5.1-7). Planted, tended by -- to bear fruit for Him.


and   dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower,


Provisions   made for wine-making and protection of the property.


and   leased it to tenants and went into another country.


A   common form of business: investment farming, to gain return at harvest.


2   When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some   of the fruit of the vineyard.


Owner   knows when to expect results. "Possession is 9/10..." They think it theirs. Callous   workers require a reminder of duty.


3   And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.


Almost   incredible behavior! To reject and abuse the owner's appointed messenger.   How?


4   And he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated   him shamefully.


The   patience of the vineyard owner is immense. He continues to attempt collection   of payment -- his due. At hazard of messengers.


5   And he sent another, and him they killed.


The   hardened behavior of the occupants becomes absolutely extreme.


And   so with many others; some they beat, and some they killed.


They   continue down this foolish path. Do they not realize how untenable is their   position?


6   He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying,   "They will respect my son."


The   logic of owner runs on a higher plane. He expects fairness and respect. God   is aware of just how callous men are, yet patiently persists.


7   But those tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill   him, and the inheritance will be ours.'


The   only possible sense in their plan: that the project would be abandoned and   they would claim it as their own.


8   And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.


Sinful   behavior know no bounds when driven by selfish greed. They dug their own   graves.


9   What will the owner of the vineyard do?


What   do we expect God to do, when we reject His messengers and murder His Son?


He   will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.


The   project IS still His. He will purge out the squatters and re-assign new   tenants.


10   Have you not read this Scripture:


More   than casual awareness of the passage is required. Do we understand &   apply it?


"'The   stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;


Psa118.22   The present leaders passed over an available rock. The very one God picked.


11   this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"


v23   His ways are not ours. We are surprised because we do not evaluate as He   does.


12   And they were seeking to arrest Him but feared the people,


The   leaders the more fully determined to apprehend Jesus. Against the common   will.


for   they perceived that He had told the parable against them.


They   understood His story! "The hit dog yelps." Yet, they don't heed to repent.


So   they left Him and went away.


The   authorities could not stop Jesus this day. He was free to continue teaching   in the temple.



notes by David Teel Friday, August 29, 2014