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The parable of the wicked tenants

According to this parable, a certain man planted a vineyard and rented it out to some tenants before traveling to a far away country for a very long time.

At the time of harvest, the owner sent a servant to go to the tenants and collect some of the produce from the vineyard but the tenants beat up the servant and sent him away empty-handed.

Then the owner sent another servant for the same purpose but this one was also treated with disgrace and like the first one, driven away without anything being sent to the farm owner.

The owner did not know what to. Then he decided to send his own son, with the mind that the tenants would respect him once they knew he was his son. The record said when they realized it was the son that had been sent, they decided to kill him so that the inheritance of the vineyard would come to them. Having reasoned thus, they took hold of the son and killed him.

Jesus said that if the owner comes back, he would destroy the tenants and re-allocate the vineyard to other people. The people exclaimed “God forbid” but Jesus added that was the reason why it is said the stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.” After this statement, Jesus also added that “everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but when it falls on anyone it will crush him.”

This parable infuriated the Scribes and the chief priests because they felt it was directed at them. In reaction, they tried to lay their hands of Jesus but when they saw the people around, they changed their minds.

1. a. Narrate the parable of the wicked tenants.
    b. Highlight three reasons why Jesus taught in parables

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