The Parable of the Rejected and Vindicated Son
September 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Somebody once said the parable in Matthew 21:33-46 should be called “the parable of the rejected and vindicated Son” rather than “the parable of the Tenants.” Because, even though the tenants play a major role in the story, the parable intends mainly to clarify who Jesus is. It continues Jesus’ response to the chief priests and elders who had questioned him about his protest in the temple (Matthew 21:12-17). It clarifies Jesus’ authority (21:23). Ira Driggers writes, “Who is Jesus according to this parable? He is the Son who has come to reclaim what rightfully belongs to his Father. He is the Son whose mission is violently rejected by the Father’s own tenants. He is the Son whose rejection is vindicated by the Father. And he is the Son whose vindication prompts the final judgment of the unfaithful tenants.” The tragedy of the tenants is their selfishness that produces a blindness for who Jesus is. Today can be either a day of preoccupation with our own selfish concerns, or it can be a day during which we steward the good things that God will be giving to us. The first will result in blindness for His existence in our midst today, and the latter could open up the possibilities of embracing God’s amazing love and grace coming to us through other people and the unfolding of events in our lives.