Parables on Obedience
41 total verses: Matthew 21:23-32; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-18
Brief description of action taking place or point being made
252. Parable of the two sons in Matthew 21:28-32
253. Parable of the vine growers in Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-18
1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?
Specific questions on this passage
After Completing the Bible Reading
Broader outline of each section of passage
Matthew 21:28-32. In this parable, the first son says he won’t do what the father says, but then he does. The second son says he will do what the father says, but then he doesn’t. Jesus says that the ones who seem good aren’t actually living up to what they say, but tax collectors and prostitutes, though they seem bad, are actually doing well because they genuinely believe.
Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-18. Jesus tells a parable about a wealthy man who had a beautiful vineyard to rent out while he went abroad. When the man sent a servant to collect the rent, they beat him. And he sent another, and the killed him. Finally he sent his son, thinking they would respect him, but instead they killed him. So the man returned home and killed those who were renting the vineyard, and rented it out to those who would pay him.
Then Jesus spoke words about himself being rejected by “the builders” — those who were in charge. And in fact he seems to speak about the Jewish people as a whole losing the Kingdom and it being given to others. These words infuriated the Pharisees.
My favorite passage and other random thoughts
My favorite verse is Matthew 21:42, “‘”The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes”‘” (ESV). I like how there is this element of surprise — religious people didn’t see it coming, but those who witnessed it thought it was awesome.