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The Good Landlord and Wicked Tenents

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MATT 21:33-46

SBS: Perhaps a couple of more weeks and I will be finished with this assignment.  It has been one of the most wonderful times of my life.  Despite the complaints, the unsigned letters, the critiques of my sermons in the back hallways of the church, I have loved being used of the Lord in this way and I thank each of you for putting up with me.  Do not glorify me, glorify the Lord.  Don’t walk out saying what a great preacher, walk out saying “What a great God.”  Don’t walk out saying  what a great sermon, walk out saying “What a great Book.”  Don’t walk out saying what a man of God, walk out saying “What a great Savior.”  If you do that, I will be pleased and the Lord will be pleased.

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Intro: Have you ever had a dream that you knew was important and they couldn’t remember what it was when you woke up the next morning?  There is a story of a King who had such a dream and he called for his interpreters to come in and tell him what the dream meant.  Either because he wanted to test the dream-tellers, or because he couldn’t remember, the king told the men that they would need to tell him what his dream meant and that he was not going to tell them the dream.  Only one man stood up to tell the king. It was Daniel and in Daniel chapter two he told the king of his dream of a statue of gold and silver, and bronze and how that the giant statue was crushed by a stone.  That stone eventually became a mountain all on its own.  This is the story that is in the back of the mind of Jesus as he tells this parable in Matt. 21:33.

EVERY PERSON SHOULD REALIZE THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE UPON WHOM WE CAN DEPEND FOR TRUE HOPE.  Jesus is the rock upon which everything stands.

  1. THE WICKEDNESS OF REJECTING GOD.  Vv.33-39
    1. The Amazing Mission- owns all that we have.  These were tenants 33-34 (feeling entitled) God sent prophets, John TB, and finally Jesus 
    2. The Astounding Crime. Murder of one after another  vv 35-39
  2. THE WITNESS OF REPEATED SCRIPTURES. VV. 40-42
    1. The expectation of God. V. 40
    2. The annihilation of men. V 41 (lit. he will put the wretches to a wretched death)
    3. The explanation of Jesus. V 42

                                                               i.      Begins with Bible 42a (refers to Daniel 2:  ; Psalm 118)

                                                             ii.      Continues with building 42b

                                                            iii.      Ends with beauty  42c

  1. THE WORK OF THE REDEEMING STONE.  VV 43-46
    1. The Stone destroys those who are unfruitful. 44
    2. The Stone demands fruitfulness of those who are in the kingdom.

OUR DREAMS OF THE CAPSTONE ARE OF JESUS.  IT IS ONLY HIM UPON WHOM WE CAN DEPEND.




The very first place in the text of Scripture where we find Christ called our rock or stone is in Gen. 49:24.  Jacob is coming to the end of his life.  Jacob, a man who has been a con-man, a liar was now blessing his sons.  He comes to his favorite son, Joseph.  Jacob had felt serious problems, he had been cheated, he had been afraid to come home to his brother, he had seen those close to him die. He had wrestled with God and paid the price in the form of a limp.  He had just a few words earlier (Gen 48:15) said that “the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,”  Yet now, in blessing his favorite son he says to him that Joseph has been kept safe through the name of the great Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.

Rocks continue to be used as a metaphor for Christ in Scripture.

At the age of 16, as he sat in a barn and listened to the preaching of an uneducated man, Agustus Toplady was dramatically converted. Later, he became a powerful and respected minister of the Anglican church. While he was the busy pastor of several churches in England, Augustus Toplady wrote many hymn texts, but few have survived. “Rock of Ages” is the one for which he is known today.

Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee; let the water and the blood, from Thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure, save from wrath and make me pure.

Could my tears forever flow, could my zeal no languor know, these for sin could not atone—Thou must save and Thou alone: Nothing in my hands  I bring; simply to Thy cross I cling.

While I draw this fleeting breath, when my eyes shall close in death, when I rise to worlds unknown and behold Thee on Thy throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.  Our greatest need was the security that no one else can offer, so God sent us a Rock.

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