Then, using this illustration, Jesus spoke to them. He said, “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, made a vat for the winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to vineyard workers and went on a trip. “At the right time he sent a servant to the workers to collect from them a share of the grapes from the vineyard. The workers took the servant, beat him, and sent him back with nothing.
The man sent another, and they killed that servant. Then he sent many other servants. Some of these they beat, and others they killed.
“He had one more person to send. That person was his son, whom he loved. Finally, he sent his son to them. He thought, ‘They will respect my son.’ (Mark 12:1-3, 5-6 GW)
This parable reveals the nature of God. We see the patience and mercy of God as the vineyard owner. Even his willingness to send his son and show undeserved trust in those who rejected his trust earlier.
God has patiently endured humanity's rejection for centuries, yet gets blamed for what goes wrong in the earth. What does it take to gain your respect,—power or kindness? ©Word-Strong_2014