The analogy of Israel as the vineyard of the Lord comes right out of Isaiah and is well known imagery for the people, the religious leaders included, the very ones who had care of the vineyard. Their ancestors had killed the prophets God sent and they themselves had claimed to honor the prophets, yet when the Son himself is in their presence they only want to destroy Him. They should know the truth, but they had rejected it long ago. So the care of the vineyard is given to others.
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