Give Some Back, 15AUG
We are reminded to give some of our fruit back – a share that the landowner asks for – and then even more. When God hangs fruit on us – when we prosper – when we have blessings – we should share – and give back to God… the tenant farmers in Jesus’ parable are us – in this story they were the authorities who questioned and eventually killed Jesus – but in today’s world we are the ones who need to keep Jesus alive – perhaps we are not “killing” Jesus – but if we fail to share our bountiful harvest of blessings then we are not doing our part to keep Him alive in our hearts and available to others… and if we fail to share our fruit that God has given us, it will rot and will not be use as effectively as God using it… God would rather give the vineyard to those who appreciate it rather than those who hoard the bounty for themselves… and if we fail to produce fruit at all, He will cast our dead branches into the fire…
Therefore, it is good for us to give back – we are gifted so much – we can give back – to God…
The Parable of the Tenants (Mark 12)
12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
11 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
LINK – Fruit with seeds