What Jesus Did! 'Through Stories' — Mark 12:1

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Jesus used stories to teach the people. Jesus said ...
— Mark 12:1
Illustration of Mark 12:1 — Jesus used stories to teach the people. Jesus said ...

Key Thought

Jesus knew the power of special stories—often called parables. He used them frequently to help convey deep messages that he wanted his followers to remember. These stories would lodge in Jesus' listeners' minds. His lessons would be recalled as they saw those images in everyday life. We must never underestimate the importance of stories to convey the truth of God. Not only did Jesus use them, but much of the Bible contains them. Let's ask God to help us hear his voice in the stories of Jesus and the stories of the Bible. Let's thank God for giving so much of his message in stories that we can easily remember and then put to use in everyday life.

Today's Prayer

O Father, thank you for the variety of ways you have communicated your message to us. While I know that Jesus is your ultimate message, I also know that you spoke through prophetic oracles, through Laws, through wisdom messages, through the Psalms, and through your actions in history interpreted by your messengers. Please be with me as I open your Word and seek your will. Thank you for speaking to us, your human children, in so many ways. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus used stories to teach the people. Jesus said, "A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around the field and dug a hole for a wine press. Then the man built a tower. He leased the land to some farmers. Then he left for a trip. Later, it was time for the grapes to be picked. So the man sent a servant to the farmers to get his share of the grapes. But the farmers grabbed the servant and beat him. They sent the servant away with nothing. Then the man sent another servant to the farmers. The farmers hit this servant on the head. They showed no respect for him. So the man sent another servant. The farmers killed this servant. The man sent many other servants to the farmers. The farmers beat some of the servants and killed the others. "The man had one person left to send to the farmers. This person was his son. The man loved his son. But he decided to send the son to the farmers. The son was the last person he could send. The man said, 'The farmers will respect my son.' "But the farmers said to each other, 'This is the owner's son. This vineyard will be his. If we kill him, then it will be ours.' So the farmers took the son, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. "So what will the man that owns the vineyard do? He will go to the vineyard and kill those farmers. Then he will lease the land to other farmers. Surely you have read this Scripture : 'The stone that the builders did not want became the cornerstone. The Lord did this, and it is wonderful to us.'" These Jewish leaders heard this story that Jesus told. They knew that this story was about them. So they wanted to find a way to arrest Jesus. But they were afraid of the people. So the Jewish leaders left Jesus and went away.

Mark 12:1-12

Related Scripture Readings

Jesus taught the people from the boat. Jesus used many stories to teach them. He said,

Mark 4:2

Before the world began, the Word was there. The Word was there with God. The Word was God. He was there with God in the beginning. All things were made through him (the Word). Nothing was made without him. In him there was life. That life was light (understanding, goodness) for the people of the world.

John 1:1-4

In the past God spoke to our people through the prophets. God spoke to them many times and in many different ways. And now in these last days God has spoken to us again. God has spoken to us through his Son. God made the whole world through his Son. And God has chosen his Son to have all things. The Son shows the glory of God. He is a perfect copy of God's nature. The Son holds everything together with his powerful command. The Son made people clean from their sins. Then he sat down at the right side of the Great One (God) in heaven.

Hebrews 1:1-3

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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