Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                           3 October 2020

Isaiah 5:1–7

1Let me sing for my beloved

my love song concerning his vineyard:

My beloved had a vineyard

         on a very fertile hill.

2He dug it and cleared it of stones,

         and planted it with choice vines;

he built a watchtower in the midst of it,

         and hewed out a wine vat in it;

and he looked for it to yield grapes,

         but it yielded wild grapes.

3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem

         and men of Judah,

judge between me and my vineyard.

4What more was there to do for my vineyard,

         that I have not done in it?

When I looked for it to yield grapes,

         why did it yield wild grapes?

5And now I will tell you

         what I will do to my vineyard.

I will remove its hedge,

         and it shall be devoured;

I will break down its wall,

         and it shall be trampled down.

6I will make it a waste;

         it shall not be pruned or hoed,

         and briers and thorns shall grow up;

I will also command the clouds

         that they rain no rain upon it.

7For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts

         is the house of Israel,

and the men of Judah

         are his pleasant planting;

and he looked for justice,

         but behold, bloodshed;

for righteousness,

         but behold, an outcry!

Philippians 3:4b–14

         If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness, under the law blameless. 7But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

         12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 21:33–46

         33[Jesus said:] “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. 34When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. 35And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

         42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected

         has become the cornerstone;

this was the Lord’s doing,

         and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

         45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.