PATIENCE, GRACE, AND JUDGEMENT: Mark 12:1-12

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 12:1-12 1 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture: 

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
11 this was the Lord’s doing,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

DISCUSSION

1. Study through Mark 12:1-12 together. What stands out to you and why? 

2. Who do each of the characters in Jesus’ parable represent? 

3. What would you do if your tenants did what those in Jesus’ parable did to the owner? How does this show us how patience God is with sinners? How has God been patient with you personally? 

4. Turn to Romans 2:4. How does Paul help us understand what God’s patience should lead us to do? 

5. How does verse 6 teach us about God’s grace? 

6. What do verses 7 and 8 teach us about how we responded to God sending us His Son? What can we learn from Peter in Acts 2:23 about our guilt in Jesus’ crucifixion? 

7. What do we learn about the fate of those who reject Jesus from verse 9

8. What exactly do we learn about Jesus Himself in verse 10? What do we learn about the ultimate origin of Jesus’ cross in verse 11

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