Matthew: “But when the tenants saw the son they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come let us kill him and take his inheritance.’” (V. 35) Laws regarding land ownership were or became akin to the maxim “Possession is 9/10 of the law.” These workers would assume legal ownership of the vineyard once the son was dead. This goes counter to our notions of right and wrong. These workers are the Pharisees and Sadducees who have veered off from leading Israel.
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
New Testament: Romans 7:13-25
Old Testament: Num. 22:41—23:12