Gnostic Doctrine

Sunday, 22 March 2020

the vineyard The Gospel of Thomas Saying 65

Saying 65
65) He said: A good man had a vineyard; he leased it to tenants, that they might work in it (and) he receive the fruits from them. He sent his servant, that the tenants might give him the fruits of the vineyard. They seized his servant, beat him, (and) all but killed him. The servant went away (and) told his master. His master said: Perhaps <they> did not know <him>. He sent another servant; the tenants beat the other also. Then the master sent his son. He said: Perhaps they will have respect for my son. Those tenants, since they knew that he was the heir of the vineyard, they seized him and killed him. He who has ears, let him hear.

The vineyard stands for the ancestral land of Israel in Jesus’ own time. Landlord the land belonged to Yahweh Israel were Yahweh's tenants; and the law said to them on the part of their Landlord,
Le 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. Cp. Jer 2:7 so that "in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land." (Lev. 25:23-28).

The servants symbolize its the Law and the prophets rejected by Israel  the son is Jesus the Messiah, also rejected by Israel but he becomes the cornerstone.  Jesus is the son of David and son of God, the Messiah.

65)### He said, "There was a good man [Jesus ("No one is good except One, God")] who owned a vineyard [a Covenant of believers (Israel)]. He leased it [with the expectation to gain fruit from it] to tenant farmers [religious leaders] so that they might work it [toil day and night in the scriptures that they might find the Keys of Knowledge that bring them to the life in Christ] and he might collect the produce from them [when Messiah arrived]. He sent his servant [through the Law and the prophets] so that the tenants might give him the produce [an increase in faith and knowledge of the coming One] of the vineyard. They seized his servant and beat him [with their interpretations in their depraved lower/outward (fleshly) minds], all but killing him [the OT still survives to this today and is the basis of all law in the world but from a carnal perspective]. The servant went back and told his master. The master said, 'Perhaps <they> did not recognize <him> [they only recognized the prophets who told them what they wanted to hear].' He sent another servant [John the Baptist to prepare the Way for Messiah in the hearts of those of faith]. The tenants beat this one as well [as they questioned him about why he baptized and then imprisoned and beheaded him fulfilling the scripture that; "he must increase while I must decrease." - their reaction to the Truth then still exists to this day]. Then the owner sent his son [Messiah] and said, 'Perhaps they will show respect to my son.' Because the tenants knew [so religious leaders have no excuse - they know they are liars and hypocrites] that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him [in their depraved minds they could not suffer the Truth and killed the messengers (hidden message) of the coming One and the Word of Life Himself (so they thought)]. Let him who has ears [both spiritual and earthly] hear." 

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