Analysis Of The Parable Of The Tenants

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Throughout the New Testament, Jesus used parables directed at the often hypocritical religious leaders of the time and used it to bridge the transition from Judaism to Christianity. The Parable of the Tenants is a great example of Jesus chastising the Jewish lawgivers and the leadership of the religion. In doing so establishing the 'cornerstone ' of the new church. In Matthew 21, Jesus tells us the Parable of the Tenants while instructing these elders and leaders to listen carefully because he was directing it at them. He tells the story of a landowner that built a phenomenal vineyard with all the necessities to make it successful. He then rented this vineyard to some tenant farmers while he moves elsewhere. It is unclear why he would leave this place but it isn 't important to understanding the point of the parable. The vinyard in this parable is representative of Israel and farmers/tenanats were representative of the religious leaders to whom Jesus is speaking. Jesus may have been drawing on an …show more content…
"When the chief priest and Pharisees heard Jesus ' parables they knew he was talking about them. They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet." (Matthew 21:45-45) These two groups did not see eye to eye on most things and we 're often were on opposing sides. Here they are united against a common threat, Jesus. It had finally occurred to them that not only the Parable of the Tenants was about them but also the Parable of the Two Sons. They knew that Jesus and his teachings were becoming a threat to them and at this point their fear outweighed the threat. The crowd was loyal and even though it was made up of individuals with little or no standing the power of the group was sufficient to dissuade them from immediately arresting

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