Castaway?



Matthew 21:33 “Listen to another parable. There was a master of a household who planted a vineyard. He put a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a tower. Then He leased it to some tenant farmers and went on a journey.

34 Now when fruit season drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

35 But grabbing his servants, the tenants beat up one, killed another, and stoned still another.

36 Again the master sent other servants, even more than the first, and they did the same thing to them.

37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir! Come on, let’s kill him and get his inheritance!’

39 So grabbing him, they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

40 Therefore when the master of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

41 “He will bring those miserable men to a miserable end,” they said to Him, “and will lease the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the fruits in their seasons.”

42 Yeshua said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures? ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone. This came from Adonai, and it is marvelous in our eyes.’

43 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of Elohim will be taken away from you and given to an ethnos [people] producing its fruits. [“Take this scroll of the Torah, and place it beside the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai your God. It will remain there as a witness against you, for I know your rebellion and your stiff neck. Deuteronomy 31:26.27]

44 Whoever falls on this stone will be shattered; but the one upon whom it falls, it will crush him.”

45 When the ruling kohanim and Pharisees heard Ieoshua’s parables, they realized He was talking about them. (TLV)

Isaiah 5:1 Let me sing of my beloved, a song of my beloved, about His vineyard. My beloved had a vineyard in a very fertile hill.

2 He dug it out and cleared its stones, planted it with a choice vine, built a tower in the midst of it, and even cut out a winepress. He expected it to yield good grapes, but it yielded worthless grapes.

3 So now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, please judge between me and my vineyard.

4 What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done? Why then, when I expected it to yield good grapes, did it yield worthless grapes?

5 So now, I will make known to you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge, and it will be eaten up. I will break down the fence, and it will be trodden down.

6 I will lay it waste: it will not be pruned or hoed, but briers and thorns will come up. I will also command the clouds not to rain on it.

7 For the vineyard of Adonai-Tzva’ot is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah the planting of His delight. He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed, for righteousness, but behold, a cry!

Isaiah describes a vineyard situated on one of the sunny heights visible from Jerusalem. Every care which an experienced vine-dresser could devise had been expended on it, but in vain. The vine-dresser himself is introduced, demanding if more could have been done. Alohim selected a nation (Israel) for high and quodesh work in the world and expended care and pain on the preparation of the instrument, and His plans miscarry through no failure on His part but through the obstinancy of the human soul, the measure of what might have been is the gauge of its doom. The worst weeds grow on the richest soil. This picture is the counterpart of Paul’s dread of being a castaway.

1Corinthians 9:27 Rather, I punish my body and bring it into submission, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be rejected/ disqualified.

Colossians 3:1 Therefore, if you have been raised up with Messiah, keep seeking the things above—where Messiah is, sitting at the right hand of Alohim.

2 Focus your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in Alohim.

4 When Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him, in glory!

5 Therefore, put to death what is earthly in you— porneia {indulge unlawful lust (of either sex)}, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed—for that is idolatry.

Revelation 21:6 Then He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will freely give from the spring of the water of life.

7 The one who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his Alohim and he shall be My son.