Mark 10- Mark 16- Faulty logic

I have always read the parable about the tenants killing the son of the owner as an allegory to the Jewish people killing Jesus, the son of God. (Mark 12). This time through, however, I was struck by the odd logic of those tenants Jesus was describing in his parable.  This was an angle to the parable that I never really thought much about before.  Why on earth would the tenants think that if they killed the son, they would get the inheritance?(12:7).
If I was listening to Jesus, first hand, I might have wanted to interrupt him to ask.  If you know me, you are probably nodding in agreement saying, "You might ask?  No, you would ask!"
Well, clearly, Jesus understands human behavior and our messed up logic we are capable of coming up with.  Could he also have been throwing that tid bit of info into the story to add another layer to the teaching moment?

As I pondered the odd logic of the tenants....I thought....aren't they just like all of us?  When we want to do something wrong or justify our actions, we can come up with some pretty faulty logic ourselves!  One biggy in the department of faulty logic, that I hear often is, "I deserve it!"
I have been guilty of saying it, I have heard my kids say it....Where did that one come from?
Why do we feel we deserve things?
Do we really deserve anything? A verse comes to mind..."For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23).
If we all have sinned, which Paul makes clear in his letter to the Romans (3:23), then the only thing we really deserve is death!
Satan can be so tricky!  He can get us to think we deserve all sorts of things and he can also get us to feel worthless, not worthy of anything.  
Yet, God is so good!!  Yes, we deserve death for our sins, but he is full of mercy, giving us life.  We aren't worthy of this free gift, but he gives and gives and gives anyway. 
The other layer to that parable is a scary one!  We know God is full of grace and mercy to us now, but we also know there will be a day of reckoning for those who don't accept the free gift.  The owner of that vineyard didn't let the evil tenants get away with their sin....faulty logic doesn't get you out of the day of reckoning with the Lord!


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