|Matthew 21:33-46 |
33 Listen to another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and hedged it around, and dug a winepress in it, and built a tower, and rented it out to some farmers and went into a far country.
34 When the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, so that they might receive the fruits of it.
35 Then the farmers took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
36 And again, he sent other servants, more than the first time, and they did the same to them.
37 But last of all he sent his son to them, saying, They will reverence my son.
38 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'
39 So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?"
41 And they said to him, "He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will rent out his vineyard to other farmers, who shall pay him the fruits in their seasons."
42 Then Jesus said to them, "Have you not read in the scriptures, where it is said: 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the cornerstone; this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?'4
43 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a people who will bring forth the fruits of it.
45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke of them.
46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they believed him to be a prophet.
5 And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken; but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. George Fox in his writing, An exhortation to all people, to pureness, cleanness, and holiness, and faithfulness to the Lord, addresses the mountain of stone that shall grind the impure, unholy, unfaithful, and unclean to powder:
Here you may see who they are that dwell with everlasting burnings, and in God's tabernacle and holy mountain, and who not. By G. F.
David said, ‘Who shall ascend unto the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?’ David answers, and said, ‘He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lift up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully; he shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation; and this is the generation of those who seek the Lord.’ Psalm 24:3-6. So here is a generation of clean hands, and a pure heart that ascend into the hill of the Lord, and stand in his holy place.
And Isaiah said, ‘Who among us shall dwell with devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?’ And Isaiah answers his questions, and said, ‘He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppression, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes; that stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing of evil; he shall dwell on high, his place of defense shall be the fortress of rocks; bread shall be given him, his water shall be sure; your eyes shall see the king in his beauty, ... and your eyes shall see a tabernacle that shall not be taken down, not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed,’ Isa 33:14-17,20.
Here you may see who they are that can dwell with devouring fire, and everlasting burnings, and yet shall not be burned nor devoured.
David said, ‘Lord, who shall abide in your tabernacle? And who shall dwell in your holy hill?’ David answers his questions, and said, ‘He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. He that backbites not with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; in whose eyes a vile person is condemned, but he honors those who fear the Lord. He that takes not a reward against the innocent; he that does these things shall never be removed, but shall abide in the tabernacle of the Lord, and dwell in his holy hill.’ Psalm 15. ‘But the ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away; therefore the ungodly shall not stand in judgment, (namely, righteous judgment), and sinners shall not stand in the congregation of the righteous.’ Psalm 1:4-5.
‘The mountain of the house of the Lord, shall be established above all the mountains, and exalted above all the hills;’ and does not the Lord here teach his people his righteous and holy ways and paths to walk in? as in Isa 2, Micah 4. And the stone that smote the great image of gold, of silver, of brass, and iron, and clay, that they became like chaff of the summer threshing floors, and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them; and the stone that smote this great image, became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. Dan 2:35.
Is not this stone, that becomes a great mountain, that fills the whole earth, Christ Jesus? And so through him the kingdoms of the world become the kingdoms of Christ.
Here you may see this stone, or mountain that fills the whole earth, will dash to pieces, and grind to powder all that is not of its holy and pure nature, and with its holy divine nature fill the whole earth.
The Lord said, ‘They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain.’ Isaiah 11:9. And is not this holy mountain Christ, who destroys the devil and his works, the destroyer? ‘And those who take hold of my covenant, said the Lord, even them will I bring to my holy mountain,’ Isa. 56:6-7, 2:2.
‘And he that puts his trust in me,’ said the Lord, ‘shall inherit my holy mountain.’ Isa 57:13. ‘For thus said the high and lofty One, that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ Isa 57:15. Therefore is it not good to wait upon the Lord, and trust in him?