He began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey. 2 At the proper time he sent a servant to the tenants to obtain from them some of the produce of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent them another servant. And that one they beat over the head and treated shamefully. 5 He sent yet another whom they killed. So, too, many others; some they beat, others they killed. 6 He had one other to send, a beloved son. He sent him to them last of all, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they seized him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What (then) will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come, put the tenants to death, and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this scripture passage: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11 by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes’?” 12 They were seeking to arrest him, but they feared the crowd, for they realized that he had addressed the parable to them. So they left him and went away.
I’ve come to realize that we read and interpret the Scriptures according to the lense we are wearing. Someone will interpret Scriptures according to their beliefs. For instance someone who believes in Pre-Destination (actually double Pre-Des, but that’s another thread) once interpreted for me the parable of the Sheep and the Goats as the Sheep are Pre-Destined for heaven and the Goats are Pre-Destined for hell (again, another thread for that one).
With that preface, I’d like to know who the new Tenants are in this Parable. Most of my Christian Brothers from other Faiths feel that the Church in invisible, yet this parable (to me, at least) tends to show that some people were still given authority in the New Israel.