Gerhard Ebersφhn

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Dear brother Errol Nembhard,

Re: Sermon Sabbath 20 October 2007, Sandton SDA Church


Luke 13:10, “There were present at that feast some that told Him of the Galileans …”


Who are these “some that told Him”?  They were the Pharisees and leaders of the people against whom Jesus warned his disciples, 12:1c. They were those who would “bring you unto the synagogues and magistrates and powers”, 12:11a.  Peter asks Jesus in 12:41, “Lord, speakest Thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who is that faithful and wise steward whom his lord shall make ruler over his household?”  Did Jesus speak this parable to us, or to all, or to the leaders, the unfaithful stewards and the unwise rulers over his household? He spake it to us all!  [Let us ask ourselves if we are faithful and wise, or unfaithful and foolish, whether we be servants, members, or rulers, of the household of the Lord.]


Clearly therefore, the “some that told Him of the Galileans”, were the same as the “stewards” (storekeepers or accountants) of whom the Lord expected they out of the treasury and food-store filled from the produce of the “vineyard”, ought to “give the people their portion of meat in due season”, 42b.   But, alas! they were those unfaithful stewards whom the Lord Jesus in 12:56 straight in the face, and again, calls, “hypocrites” (12:56). The “some that told Him of the Galileans”,  were those “rulers” who “with thine adversary goest to the magistrate”. They were those who “deliver thee to the officer to cast thee into the prison” (12:58). The “some”, are those (of the last verse in chapter 12 before chapter 13 begins), whom Jesus speaks to, “I tell you …!”   They were the pastors of the flock, owners of the vineyard, and stewards of the treasury and harvest, who would shear in winter and expect fruit from the tree not of age, to take, and to take more than fair portion, meat, meat outside due season!


These are the unwise rulers over his household that argue, But rabbi, can’t you see God hates and punishes the wicked? Who are the victims of His wrath? Where is God’s Justice?! “He preserveth the souls of his saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked, Ps97:10!” (They quoted not Ps116:6, but reminded Jesus –13:10, “We preach the Law in the synagogues every Sabbath!”) ... Eighteen or eighteen thousand rabblepara pantas tous anthrohpous’ – ‘ochlocracy’] buried under the tower of Siloam ... it’s indifferent; at closer scrutiny, rabbi Jesus, (11), Pilate loosed them from their infirmities! All are rewarded a penny penny’s worth! A tree is planted for its fruit, Rabbi, to fill, and not to tap, the coffers. That’s why it happened to them! ...’


Jesus to those ‘above’, ‘all the people’ – ‘above’ the ‘simple’, the ‘masses’ – to those above and ruling the household:   “Ye think that they, were sinners above all men else ...? (In other words, were the lowest of all men?) Nay, I tell you, Except you, repent, you, shall like (those accursed) men perish”  ... perish because you above all men else holy and ruling, are above all men else the sinners!


Verse 6:   “He spake / told them this parable ...”   Jesus addressed “them”, the “some”, of verse 1a, the rulers and owners of the people! And He meant they, as, and for being, the “certain man (who) had a fig tree planted in his vineyard”. Jesus meant the “some” – the pastors of the Flock and the stewards of the Treasury (His People) – as, and for being, the “certain man”, who “came and sought fruit” on and from the fig tree, “but found none”. (He found a people as barren as his own soul.) That ‘certain man’ – that ‘man of esteem’ – never “dressed”, never “dug”, and never “fertilised”, the fig tree of his ownership and responsibility. At last, “Begged the Gardener, Let it alone this year yet, till I shall have tended it”.


Dear brother in Jesus Christ, you now know who the vineyard is, and who, its owner. Go fathom Who the ‘Dresser’ –the ‘Gardener’ in this story– is, and re-interpret this parable, and rewrite your sermon, to His glory, and “comfort ye My People, saith the Lord”.


Gerhard Ebersφhn