HEN a thing is owned, the owner thereof has both rights and responsibilities. This chapter reminds me of God's ownership of all things. The chapter begins with a parable about a vineyard owner whose entrusted keepers misused and abused their stewardship (vs. 1-12). Without repeating the narrative, note the obvious interpretation. God sent many prophets to Israel, but they rejected them all. God owned Israel and their land. God owned their destiny. But they resisted His authority. And, when He sent His own Son, they rejected Him too (at least they would be rejecting Him fully, by crucifying Him). This would do nothing to detract from His rightful ownership of all things though. In fact, the sealing of redemption with His own precious blood says all that is needed about God's ownership of all things.
Jesus emphasized His ownership of humanity with His answer to the pretense tax question of the Pharisees and Herodians. "Give to God the things that are His" (Mark 12:17). That answer had almost nothing to do with money or taxes. We are made in the likeness of God. He made us. We are like Him. He owns us and when we were stolen from Him, He bought us back. We owe all to Him. That's ownership if I've ever seen it!