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This week’s podcast is on Luke 20:9-18 and Matthew 21:33-46, Jesus’ confrontation with the Temple leadership and the parable of the noble vineyard owner and his son, and the tenants who thought they were God.  Jesus has just taken over the Temple courts for an afternoon, challenging the authority of Jerusalem’s religious leaders.  He has made himself a thorn in the side of the leadership and must be dealt with.

(Photo: Vineyard. By (Matt). CC-BY-ND-2.0, via Flickr.)

(Photo: Vineyard. By (Matt), CC-BY-ND-2.0, via Flickr.)

The religious leaders try to get him in trouble asking, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” (Matthew 21:23).  He responds with a question they cannot answer because they fear the people, then refuses to answer their question and instead, tells them a story, a parable, about a father who sends his beloved son to seek peace with wicked tenants and to save his vineyard.

  • What is the message Jesus is driving home in the minds of the religious leaders of his day?
  • What does that bit about “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Luke 21:17) mean?
  • How does this parable change how we live life as followers of Jesus?

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