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July 14, 2024

Between the Lines: Finding the Kingdom in the Parables of Jesus

Rachel Koch

Luke 20:9-19 NIV

9 He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time.
10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.
12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
15 So 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 kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”
17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
“‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.


“Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand”
Matthew 4:17: "From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"
Mark 1:15: "and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.'"
Luke 4:43: "but he said to them, 'I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.'"
Luke 8:1: "Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him."
Matthew 10:7: "And proclaim as you go, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"

Psalm 118:22-23:"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes."

V9 He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time.

10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.
12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.

Characters:
Landowner (God)
Tenant Farmers (Israel)
Servants (prophets)
Son (jesus)
Vineyard ( temple / God’s people)
Cornerstone (Jesus)

Luke 20:15-19
15b “What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”

17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
“‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

Psalm 118:22-23
19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

- Rock or Stone: אֶבֶן (eh-ben)
- Son: בֵּן (ben)

God’s love beckons us to an “upside down” way.


“The Shepherd told me," she answered, "that it is impossible to follow him at all unless I accept and even love sorrow and suffering, because those are the companions he has chosen for me on this journey to the High Places.”
“Sorrow is the most faithful friend of all. Sorrow transforms you, opens your eyes to see the reality, makes you love and be loved in return.”


Questions this parable asks us:

What is salvation?
What is the foundation of your salvation?
What is your cornerstone?
How do you build you life on the cornerstone?

Our participation in the kingdom is our active surrender.

Security, Power, Reputation

BIG IDEA: The surrendered life is the abundant life.

Ephesians 2:19-22

"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit."

NEXT STEPS


REFLECT: What is keeping you from joining Jesus?

ACCEPT GOD'S INVITATION: Through radical hospitality, serving, advocating, and inviting.

PRACTICE living into the Lord's Prayer.

CREATE SPACE for others to hear and respond to God by serving as a Flood group leader. Training August 4. 11 at 11am