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Matthew 21:33-46

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers

Landowner God the Father (Isa 5:1)

Planted a vineyard Israel established in the land (Ps 80:8-9)

Set a hedge around it God’s divine protection of Israel (Ps 80:12-13)

Dug a wine vat Expectation of sons - God’s joy (Heb 12:2)

Built a tower Jerusalem - seat of rule (Mic 4:8)

Leased it to vinedressers Appointed leaders - kings, counselors, priests (Isa 56:10-11)

Went into a far country Rulers’ false perception: LORD is distant, uninvolved (Isa 56:12)

Vintage-time Time of visitation (Ecc 3:1-2; Lk 19:44)

Servants sent Prophets sent by the LORD to Israel (Heb 1:1)

Fruit of the vineyard Obtaining sons for God’s Kingdom from Israel (Gal 4:4)

Ill-treatment of servants Prophets persecuted; put to death (2 Chr 24:17-22; Jer 26:20-23)

Son sent Jesus comes to His own people (Jn 1:11, Gal 4:4)

Respect for the son expected Honor Son like Father (Jn 5:22-23)

Killing the heir and seizing his inheritance Rulers’ misconceived plot: retain earthly power (Jn 11:47-52)

Cast son out of vineyard Prophecy: Jesus will be killed outside Jerusalem (Heb 13:12)

Killed son Prophecy: Jesus will be put to death by rulers (Acts 4:8-10)

Retributive judgment of vinedressers Self-incrimination of rulers (Mt 27:25)

Vineyard let to other vinedressers Prophecy: Remnant will produce sons for God (Is 66:8, Mic 4:6-7)