Parable of the Vine Growers: Mark 12:1-12
“1) And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and put a wall around it, and dug a vat under the wine press and built a tower, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 2) At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers. 3) They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4) Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. 5) And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others. 6) He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7) But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ 8) They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9) What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. 10) Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief corner stone; 11) This came about from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 12) And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away.” Mark‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬-‭12‬ ‭
Jesus had just cleansed the physical temple. With this parable He is exposing and cleansing the corrupt religious leaders over the temple system. He basically calls them thief’s, robbers and murderers.
The land owner in the parable represents God the Father. The wicked vine growers represent the religious leaders of Judaism. The many servants sent to collect rent represents the many Old Testament prophets that God sent to Israel and Judah. The beloved son represents Himself.
The story makes a transition in Verse 9. The owner wax coming and about to destroy the vine growers and rent the vineyard to others. Many see this as the transition from the Law to the gospel of grace. This points to Pentecost and the inauguration of the Church age. The whole temple system was about to be replaced with the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The gospel was about to go to all nations.
Then Jesus quotes Psalm 118:22-23. Jesus was the cornerstone rejected by the religious leaders, but became the cornerstone of the church. The Promise of the Father seen throughout the Old Testament was about to be fulfilled.
They understood the parable was spoken against them. Their response was not repentance. Rather they double down on trying to destroy the beloved son and steal the inheritance.
This parable has been fulfilled. By 70 AD the gospel was spreading around the world while the temple and its whole system was destroyed. The priesthood, the Levite’s and the Pharisees and Sadducees were displaced. The Apostles and Spirit filled workers stepped into leadership.
Sadly, it didn’t take long for the church to become corrupt and a new oppression to begin. Welcome to the dark ages and the blinders of institutional Christianity.
Starting with the Great Reformation and followed by the Great Awakenings; Jesus began purifying His bride.
We are now approaching the end of the church age. Jesus is pouring out His Spirit in unprecedented ways. Denominationalism is being replaced by a new awakening around the world. People are seeking Jesus, His solid Word and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Get ready. A great purging is taking place. The Groom is right at the door and ready to come for His bride.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global Sent from my iPhone