The parable of the wicked husbandmen
It has often been the case that Jesus’ parables have been considered just to be stories or pastimes or myths not to be taken seriously. In fact His parables have never been taken seriously by mankind and no one has tried to look deeper into what these parables could mean. They have often been dismissed and no one has ever sought to penetrate deeply to find their correct interpretations.
Jesus’ parables were not given by Him for the sake of entertainment but they indicate an aspect of life or an aspect of the Laws of Creation and also of our evolution and development. We were meant to think deeply into these parables and find the deep meaning. Unfortunately until now the correct interpretations have not been found to these valuable truths even after two thousand years.
The parable of the wicked husbandmen is one of the most poignant and actually encapsulates in a few words the relationship between man and his God. It shows exactly how we stand and how we are perceived by God and what our attitudes have been towards Him for thousands of years of our evolution on this earth.
This parable states that the master of the vineyard left his vineyard to husbandmen to work. The vineyard became a home and also a means of sustenance for them. The condition of their stay was that they must work the land, bring it to harvest and pay the master his dues.
The husbandmen set to work and indeed tilled the land and made the place their home but when the master of the house sent in servants to collect what was due to him, these servants were maltreated, beaten and sent away empty-handed. These events repeated themselves until some of the servants sent to collect the dues were even killed.
Finally the master sent his own son thinking that being his son the husbandmen might respect him and send the dues owed to him. On the contrary this son was also seized and killed by these husbandmen thinking that by killing him they would then take his inheritance and occupy the land forever without having to pay any dues.
This parable is a classic illustration of mankind and how we stand in relation to our God. God in this case is the Master of the vineyard and we as human beings are the husbandmen and the vineyard is this material world given to us as a home for our development. We were supposed to work in this material creation or on this earth in accordance with the Laws of God bringing blessings and abundance and peace and joy for all the inhabitants.
The servants of the master of the vineyard are the various prophets who have been sent by God over the millennia to teach us in His ways. The way the prophets of God have been treated throughout history by mankind is the equivalent of how the wicked husbandmen treated the servants of the owner of the vineyard. The similarities cannot be more obvious.
Then the master of the vineyard sent his son! This son is no one else than Jesus of Nazareth! God, after having sent all the prophets who had been maltreated, persecuted or even killed by mankind now sent His own Son in Jesus of Nazareth in expectation that we would recognise Him and listen to Him and change our ways.
What did we do, however? We acted exactly as indicated in the parable. We seized this pure Luminous Son of God and killed Him! Jesus here was describing the long history of how mankind had stood before God; arrogant, disdainful, malevolent and hostile to Him and His Word. Jesus here was describing Himself and the fate that would befall Him in the hands of mankind.
What then was the punishment for such an unthinkable act by the husbandmen? They were of course destroyed! This goes to show amongst many other things that the death of Jesus on the Cross was not the propitiatory sacrifice that contemporary Christians would like us to believe. This death was nothing but a crime, a murder with the eventual destruction of those who committed this crime.
This parable and its consequences is far more serious than we had ever considered or imagined. Jesus Christ described His own fate in the hands of mankind but also described the just consequences of such an action. Therefore those who still insist today that the death of Jesus of Nazareth was an exchange for them only continue to murder the Word of God anew every single day and the just consequences of such a thought or belief system cannot be avoided.