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And he (Jesus of Nazareth, Passover week, AD 30, Jerusalem) began to speak to them in parallels.
The ‘them’ are the Jerusalem authorities. They had questioned his authority for having thrown out of their Temple the buyers, sellers, and others.
Because they avoided commitment to the Lord God’s message through John the Baptist, he did not disclose clearly the source of his authority. Instead he then used parallels for them (and us) to work that out.
“A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress pit and built a watchtower and gave it out to husbandmen and went away from people."