Thursday, February 12, 2009
These two stories frame Jesus' perspective on not only the inclusion of the Gentiles, but on the rejection by Israel. What a strong statement, "tax collectors and prostitutes are going into the kingdom of heaven before you!" The scribes understood without question that he had directed this story at them. That can't be a good feeling. They themselves gave Jesus the answer that the vineyard owner would destroy the farmers and give the vineyard to another. Their "aha moment" was that God would destroy them and give heaven to another.