The Parable Of The Tenants Essay

2014 Words Sep 26th, 2016 9 Pages
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 earlier parable in Isaiah 5:7 which states "The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel." Both Jesus ' Parable and that one in Isaiah specifically point out that a watchtower, a wall and a wine press were built in preparation for a flourishing vineyard so that the Tenants could explain their atrocities by claiming they did all the work to make the vineyard successful. They could not justify their actions despite what could have possibly been an extended period…

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