Daily Devotional Friday 10th January 2020

by William Moody

Luke 20:9–16

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant1 to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!”


[1] 20:10 Or bondservant; also verse 11


In the parable about the tenants of the vineyard, Jesus is picturing Israel. This parable brings home the truth that our lives are not our own to do whatever we please. We’re owned by our Creator and we owe Him lives of obedience which honour Him.

Sadly though when the Lord looks at our lives at the end of a day to see what harvest there is, He often has to go away empty handed (v9-10).

We see here that the responses to the owner get more and more aggressive, even to His Son (v11-15).

Sin will have a deepening and hardening impact on our souls. If we resist God’s word sin will take us deeper into itself. Being rebuked is never easy, but when we are rebuked by God we must take it to heart.

In this parable we see the true and ugly nature of sin (v14-15). Sin is wanting to take what is rightfully God’s for ourselves. Sin is using our talents, time and possessions for our own purpose rather than God’s glory. Sin is preferring to kill Jesus than to have Him rule over us.

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