The Cruel Vinedresser parable illustrates the "entitlement" conflict workers can have with owners who, in fact, have absolute rights to their profits.
The Parable of the Cruel VineDresser:
33 Listen to another parable: There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a hedge around it and dug a wine vat in it and built a watchtower. Then he let it out [for rent] to tenants and went into another country.
34 When the fruit season drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his [share of the] fruit.
35 But the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first time, and they treated them the same way.
37 Finally he sent his own son to them, saying, They will respect and give heed to my son.
38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, This is the heir; come on, let us kill him and have his inheritance.
39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes back, what will he do to those tenants?41 They said to Him, He will put those wretches to a miserable death and rent the vineyard to other tenants of such a character that they will give him the fruits promptly in their season.
Owners have the full rights to the fruit of the vineyard. Here we see an ownership conflict created by cruel tenant's greed. Those who should have been content with their being paid for the work they did to keep the vineyard, decided that they deserved more, and sought to cut off all the profits from the true owners.
The owners had no other alternative than to forcibly remove the cruel tenants, and allow others to work the vineyard on agreeable terms.
Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted into our thinking...as mental pictures do control our thought-life.
That's where the "imagination" gets involved. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past, present, future. It is the ability to see pictures and images in the "movie theater" of the mind. The imagination is the "workshop" of the human mind. It is the only thing in the world we have complete control over. That's why GOD takes great interest of what goes on there, and judges what we allow to grow there - Genesis 6.5
There are privileges to ownership
The owner had spent everything that was necessary for a thriving vineyard.
The cruel tenant, or renter had NO expenses or money that he was required to pay out to build anything - and so that any claim of ownership could NOT possibly be valid.
Do not confuse temporary use to ownership. Renting does not equal ownership.
Psalms 24.1 "The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof..."
GOD owns it all. And we are accountable to Him, as workers in His vineyard!
So, when the owner sent servants to collect what was due - greed and rebellion reared its ugly head...
Let's look at the rental agreement here -
The answer is -
The owner will put the renters to death, and rent out to people who will pay the rent when it is due.
see also the parable of the Laborers and the wages
We need to remind ourselves what parables are, and the purpose they serve. Parables are word-pictures.
We are required to hide the word-picture in our "spiritual heart" - into the movie theater of the mind where the imagination and thought-life create images that control our thinking.
That's all! Know the word-picture itself - and allow the Holy Spirit of GOD to apply it to your life as He sees the need for GOD's wisdom and GOD information.
The danger of many teachings of this parable, as well as many others - is that each parable is linked to certain historical, present or future events, and they go ahead and wonderfully weave an explanation of what historical events "fit" the parable...
Here is the problem...
Historical explanations of the parables sound so very spiritual and are so measured by many - yet, in so doing, there is sometimes created an avoidance of all personal applications of the "word-picture" or the parable...
If I can explain a parable away, attaching it to certain events or persons - then I have effectively removed myself of personal responsibility, that, in fact, the word-picture mat actually apply to me - to my actions, attitudes, or thinking...
The fact is - the Holy Spirit of GOD uses parables as a communication platform to release instruction, guidance and warnings to us individually - the Holy Spirit very easily can convict us, and change our thinking by showing us the relevance of a parable to our situation...
IF we are smart enough to hide these "word-pictures" in our spiritual heart, we stand to reap the benefits of receiving "GOD information" in our lives.
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