Morning Devotion and Quite Time | Rejected Cornerstone | March 10th 2022
Morning Devotion and Quite Time | Rejected Cornerstone
Scripture (NIV) Luke 20:9-19
⁹ He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time.
¹⁰ At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
¹¹ He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.
¹² He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
¹³ “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
¹⁴ “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
¹⁵ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
¹⁶ He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”
¹⁷ Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?
¹⁸ Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
¹⁹ The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
Reflection : Morning Devotion and Quite Time | Rejected Cornerstone
Depraved Minds (20:9–14)
Jesus tells a parable about a landowner and his tenants, representing God and Israel’s religious leaders. Although it is the owner’s right to request a portion of the harvest, the tenants refuse to give him his due. They beat and mistreat the servants sent to them and plan to kill the landowner’s beloved son in an effort to take his inheritance by force. Before we are too appalled at the tenants’ distorted logic, we must remember that our own sinfulness operates in a similar way. One sinful act against God is an outrage. Yet how many times do we deceive ourselves into thinking that we can get away with continuous sin? May God’s kindness and patience steer us instead toward repentance.
What habitual sins do you struggle with and what deceitful promises of satisfaction do they tempt you with? How do God’s promises offer true satisfaction?
Justice Served (20:15–19)
Deluded by their distorted reasoning, the tenants kill the owner’s son, hoping to grab his inheritance. But they forget one thing: the owner of the vineyard is still alive and well. Jesus concludes His parable with a grave warning: the owner will destroy the tenants and give the land to others. Though the tenants seem momentarily victorious, the owner will have the final say. God’s slain Son will become a cornerstone that will crush all who have planned evil against Him. But this cornerstone will not only crush evil, He will also serve as the foundation for those who turn away from evil. Within the warning of God’s just retribution, therefore, stands an invitation to repent.
What are some situations in your life where injustice seems to have control? How does knowing that God will have the final say give you hope?
Father in heaven, have mercy on my wayward heart! I am prone to wander and prone to leave the God I love. Hold me fast by Your side, and keep my heart from being hardened. In Jesus’ name, amen.