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Lesson - June 24, 2018

The Parable of the Vinedressers

Mark 12:1-12


1 ¶  Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.

2  At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop.

3  But the farmers grabbed the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed.

4  The owner then sent another servant, but they insulted him and beat him over the head.

5  The next servant he sent was killed. Others he sent were either beaten or killed,

6  until there was only one left--his son whom he loved dearly. The owner finally sent him, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’

7  “But the tenant farmers said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’

8  So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard.

9  “What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?” Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you--he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others.

10  Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.

11  This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.’ ”

12  The religious leaders wanted to arrest Jesus because they realized he was telling the story against them--they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.


1.  What was your reaction to a time when you were cheated?  To whom was Jesus speaking? (12:1)


2.  Why did the man in the parable plant a vineyard? (12:1) What has his intent?  



3. What happened to the man's vineyard while he was away on a journey?  (12:1)



4.  Why did the owner of the vineyard send so many servants to the tenants looking after the vineyard? (12:2-5)



5.  Who was the last person the owner sent to his vineyard?  How did the tenants treat the owner's son? Why? (12:6-8)



6.  What would be the response of the vineyard owner when he discovered how the tenants treated his son? (12:9)




7.  What is the significance in Jesus saying that He will fulfill Psalm 118:22-23? (12:10-11)



8.  How did the religious leaders respond to the parable Jesus told? (12:12)



9.  What is the meaning of this parable? How does God want us to treat His message?

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