Mark 12: Who’s in Charge?
Mark 12 begins with a parable. Jesus talks about a man who planted a vineyard far from his home, and husbandmen were working the vineyard for him. However, at the time of the harvest, the master wanted his profit, so he sent a servant to collect it. The husbandmen beat up the first servant, beat up the second one and killed the third one. Apparently, more servants received the same treatment, and the master decided that he would send his own son to collect.
Mar 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mar 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
Mar 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
Mar 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
It seems rather obvious that Jesus is prophesying his own death at the hands of the Pharisees who were supposed to be taking care of the vineyard. However, verse seven stood out to me distinctly because of what the husbandmen were after.
This is almost the Garden of Eden again. Humans wanted control. They wanted the inheritance, and they thought that they could take the place of the only son. It is kind of similar to that temptation of Adam and Eve in the sense that they were told that they would be like God. They clearly did not anticipate the reaction of the master.
We all have a tendency to exaggerate our own importance. Humility is so admirable because so few people have it. It is a rare commodity.
It seems as if the party line on this issue comes back to personal choice. If only we disregard what God told us, we are going to be that much better off because we are that much more independent. It is a blatant lie.
Humility is our proper response rather than trying to usurp the order that God has established.