Beaten. Shamed. Killed. Seven lives fallen into the hands of abusers.
Mark writes about a vineyard owner who hires farmhands to tend his grapes. When harvest time arrives, this winepress CEO sends a servant to collect fruit. The farmers beat his innocent employee. The owner then contracted five other servants to gather harvest. The farmhands terminated each laborer without reason.
After these five employee losses, the CEO reviewed his list of qualified candidates. He hired his son, hoping these disgruntled workers would respect the boss’s son enough to send him his father’s cash crop. Despite this bonus incentive, the owner’s son was killed at the fists of farmhands.
God hired us to care for His creation. I relate to this vineyard owner. I’ve experienced personal hurt and disappointment from others. Like the winepress owner, I sometimes feel beaten down or suffer shots to my spirit.
In Mark 12:9, the vineyard CEO finally took the farmhands into his own hands and killed them. The field owner removed his crop killers and gave his field of dreams to loyal farmers. I sometimes need to clear my heartland, to weed out crop killers. When I plant kindness and thoughtfulness instead of resentment and discouragement, I receive God’s rate of return.
I use this vineyard owner’s pursuit to remind myself that when I eagerly work for my Creator, He will get the last word. His firmly planted word won’t return void or end in death.
Reinforcing a cornerstone lesson around the FROG Blog’s lily pad of life,
“He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others…the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous” (Mark 12:6, 9-11 NIV).