March 25, 2013

Matthew 21:33-46

A parable is an “earthly story with a heavenly meaning.” When Jesus entered Jerusalem just days before his trial and crucifixion, he spoke this parable. The vine-growers were the Jewish leaders. The servants represented the prophets of the Old Testament, many of whom were killed. The son represented Jesus the Christ, who was condemned to die by the religious leaders. The “other vine-growers” (21:41) were Gentiles who received the gospel when the Jews rejected it.

Jesus quoted Psalm 118:22 in 21:42, applying the image of the cornerstone to himself. Peter used this passage as well in 1 Peter 2:7.