As we jump back into Mark’s story of Jesus we find ourselves on Temple Mount where Jesus endures several attempts by the religious leaders to undermine His popularity with the people. In response to their questioning of His authority, Jesus tells a story about a vineyard. The vineyard metaphor was well known by the people of Jesus’ day. Isaiah the prophet had spoken of Israel as the “vineyard of the Lord.” As Jesus began the story, it no doubt caught the attention of His listeners. But as the story continued it became evident to them that Jesus was interjecting into the story some elements that spoke powerfully against the wickedness of the Jews. In the end, Jesus offers a clear indication as to just how He intends the story to be understood. It really isn’t so much about the wicked farmers as about the rejected Son who will be restored to a place of prominence and priority.