And he called him
By the prophets, sent one after another; by John the Baptist, by Christ himself, and by his apostles:
and said unto him, how is it that I hear this of thee?
of thy corrupting the word; of thy covetousness, rapine, and theft; of thy adultery and idolatry, and sad violation of the law; see ( Romans 2:21-23 )
give an account of thy stewardship:
what improvement is made of thy gifts; what care has been taken of my vineyard, the Jewish church; and where are the fruits that might be expected to have been received at your hands:
for thou mayest be no longer steward.
This was foretold by the prophets, that God would write a "Loammi" upon the people of the Jews; that he would cut off three shepherds in one month, and particularly lay aside the idol shepherd, by whom the Pharisees may be meant, ( Zechariah 11:8 Zechariah 11:17 ) and by John the Baptist, who declared the axe was laid to the root of the tree, and it was just ready to be cut down, ( Matthew 3:10 Matthew 3:12 ) and by Christ, that the kingdom of God should be taken from them, ( Matthew 21:43 ) and by the apostles, who turned from them to the Gentiles, ( Acts 13:46 ) .