“What shall therefore The Lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.” Mark 12:9 (KJV)
The world is the vineyard, and we are the workers. Greed and lust have deceived us into toiling for ourselves instead of for Him.
Jesus gave Satan godly rule over: this planet, and all of His children. When Jesus calls us He shows us how necessary it is for us to focus on Him for everything we need. While in awful and dramatic situations most people act like animals. Our God, showing phlegm, sits back and quietly waits for us to act on what we all know is right: to come to Him and give Him our lives. The Lord’s phlegm tends to rub off on us. If you see a person in a dire situation, but completely cool and collected, it may be that God is riding the roller coaster with them. They can shine quietly as a light in a dark place.
Jesus came into this world as an enemy. There is always something terrible in the works against Him. He is an enemy of the god of this world. Satan is constantly orchestrating events to put Jesus through hell.
“And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”
God did not manipulate this so that they could live in peace, God instructed them how to navigate hell.
” And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the Young Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the Young Child to destroy Him.”
An angel was talking to Joseph. I bet Joseph paid attention to each and every word. The angel did not tell Joseph to “walk to Egypt”. He was given the onerous task of “fleeing to Egypt.” The angel was telling him,”Joseph, you are no longer welcome, anywhere. Jesus is a prime target and you are responsible for Him. Now, flee to Egypt.”
From before conception Satan had the king, Herod, waiting for Jesus to kill Him. The man with the most power over the Israelites wanted Jesus dead before He could talk, walk, or poop. Was it God making Herod mad over a person before His provenance? Nope, God had allowed Satan to orchestrate that poor man’s search for, scholarly study of, and evil desires towards Baby Jesus. The man had gone crazy over it.
30 years later, Jesus began His ministry on foot and only had shelter when it was made available to Him by those who were called to offer it to Him. He must have often turned down things we see as necessities such as shelter and steady work in order to serve the will of Him Who Sent Him. Read the book of Mark. If you try to memorize it you will find that Jesus went over the sea of Galilee no less than 5 times. That is a lot of travel, a lot of bobbing and weaving. Jesus floats like a butterfly all through Palestine. He did not have to do that. He chose to.
Jesus had the option of living like a king, with a warm bed, 3 meals a day, wives and concubines, more responsibility and challenge than a man could ask for, and obedient servants. He chose, instead, the life of a homeless wandering street performer. Living a lonely mental life, and constantly reminding those around Him what He was all about. Most of the time, He would say in plain language what they needed to know and they still did not understand. They, though, had given up everything to follow Him. There was some triumph in the midst of the trials, just like with you and me.
The people on the hill one day, after Jesus ministered a message, would have made Jesus king. They offered Him their allegiance and Jesus ran from that, knowing that His responsibilities were far, far greater than what the people wanted from Him then and there. There are people today who live in the same way. They may be clinging to this scripture:
“The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is MINE; for ye are strangers and sojourners with ME.” Leviticus 25:23 (KJV)
The land shall not be sold forever – God will burn the land up and destroy the land; You cannot buy and sell what no longer exists. (Revelation talks a lot about this)
For the land is MINE- GOD is the OWNER and CREATOR of any land, anywhere; (Genesis is where you’ll find some of that truth. Also the 40’s of Isaiah and Hebrews chapter 1 verse 1 and 2)
For ye are strangers and sojourners with Me- God knows that when we act the way we ought, the world sees us as strangers and foreigners in it, but not to fear, because GOD is a stranger with us. On His own property!
You see, Jesus lived the life of a soldier behind enemy lines. From birth to death He humbly pledged His allegiance to truth while living in a world that cunningly supported the darkness. He was treated poorly, even by the ones He loved. Sometimes they did not mean to treat Him that way, but they did. They were not yet ready to fully accept the truth, bearing the burdens of that truth are a major deterent. Remember, when you are treated badly, like an enemy, like a foreigner, like you are not worthy of basic human needs for Jesus’ sake, you are truly loving God. This sort of treatment will cause you to stand firm while everyone else is fleeing at the return of Christ. You worked your butt off and you know it. You are not a citizen of what is passing away but a citizen of the life to come. You are a warrior and Christ is a stranger and a sojourner with you. The land will be destroyed and replaced by territory that welcomes, loves, encourages, and matures you as a Christian soldier.