All Good Mercy Must Come to an End

Mark 12:1-11 (CSB)

He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug out a pit for a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went away. [2] At harvest time he sent a servant to the farmers to collect some of the fruit of the vineyard from them. [3] But they took him, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. [4] Again he sent another servant to them, and they hit him on the head and treated him shamefully. [5] Then he sent another, and they killed that one. He also sent many others; some they beat, and others they killed. [6] He still had one to send, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ [7] But those tenant farmers said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ [8] So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. [9] What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill the farmers and give the vineyard to others. [10] Haven’t you read this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. [11] This came about from the Lord and is wonderful in our eyes?” [12] They were looking for a way to arrest him but feared the crowd because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. So they left him and went away.

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