The Persistent Love of the Father

Matthew Bible Background

03.08.2019 – New Testament: Mark 12.1–8

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 12.1–27 on March 8, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Jesus spoke a parable of a man who planted a vineyard and leased it to vinedressers, then the man left and went into another country (Mark 12.1). When it was time to enjoy the harvest, the man sent a servant to receive some of the fruit (v. 2). However, the vinedressers beat the servant and sent him away empty-handed (v. 3). Jesus said the man sent many more servants, but the vinedressers treated all of them shamefully (vv. 4–5). Then this happened:

“Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those vinedressers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard” (Mark 12.6–8).

This illustrated the work of the heavenly Father. He sent one prophet after another and people treated those prophets shamefully. Finally, the Father sent His Son, but the world treated Him worse than they did the prophets. The Father loved the world, but the world hated Him and His Son.


  • Are you one of the few to accept the Son?
  • Was there ever a time when you rejected Him?

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