And he began to speak to them- the chief priests and elders. A man planted a vineyard- God built his kingdom. Leased it to tenants- Left for the religious and political leaders to care for. When the season came, he sent a servant- the servants are the prophets and true men of God, and given are examples of the persecutions they faced. He had still one other, a beloved son- Jesus. But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’- This is pure envy of the leaders- not for inheritance of God’s kingdom, but only for the reverence and obedience of the people. And they took him and killed him- Jesus knew their hearts. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others- God will give his kingdom to the gentiles, the non-Israelites. Have you not read this Scripture- Psalm 118. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone- Jesus becomes the foundation for this kingdom. This was the Lord’s doing- This is prophesied, God’s will, and it is marvelous in our eyes- God’s plan is wondrous to us, and we marvel at his love for us, out of which he gave us his son.
They were seeking to arrest him- to contain his truth, but they perceived that he had told the parable against them- They perceived correctly, feared the light of the situation– Jesus had spoken the truth about them, and seizing him would only confirm it. Therfore they held back and left. They would seize him later, quietly in the dark, without the crowd.
Is it lawful to paytaxes to Caesar, or not? Either answer could entrap Jesus. If he said no, loyalists to Caesar could testify against him, If he said yes, it could be used to incite the common man against him. Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s- The politics of the world often ensnare us from our devotions. They confuse and distract us, and we forget we are God’s people. We must fulfill our civic duties, as long as they do not contradict our God.
Which commandment is the most important of all? To love your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. The next is love your neighbor as yourself, not any less. And by loving your neighbor, you give honor to God. Love your God, Love your neighbor.