Scripture: Mark 11:27-12:12
Key verse: (1) then he began to speak to them in parables.
Reflection: Take a minute to think about the different parables of Jesus. Is there one that you come back to over and over again?
Is it the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son or the Lost Sheep? Are you intrigued by the Kingdom parables? According to the kingdom parables, the kingdom of heaven is like yeast, a mustard seed, the pearl of great price or the treasure hidden in a field. Might these parables open your eyes? The parable of the sower or the parable of the weeds among the wheat are also stories that teach about the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus knew the best teaching came in the form of memorable stories that raise up more questions than answers. Jesus had great respect for the people who listened and challenged them with these parables.
Amy Jill Levine, a New Testament professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School says that, “the parables challenge, they provoke, they convict, and at the same time they amuse.” They provide countless hours of conversation and inspiration.
Mark uses the parable of the wicked servants to remind us that we are not the owner of the vineyard. At the same time the parable assures followers of Jesus that they have a place in the vineyard. They belong. God is building a holy people who will love their Creator and each other and who will reach the lost world for Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Creator God, I abandon myself to you. With all the love in my heart, I place myself in your hands. In bold confidence, I follow your son and your body in this place. Today, everything I do will be done in love. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].