The Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32)
“God requires productive and obedient living from his people…. How did people ever get the idea that obedience to the will of God is optional?… Any separation of believing and doing is a distortion of the gospel message and is directly confronted by this parable. A person cannot believe apart from obedience….
“This parable also encourages us to remember that initial responses are not ultimate responses. An initial refusal does not have to stay a refusal, and an initial agreement is not enough. It must be lived.”Klyne Snodgrass, Stories With Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46)
This is a parable of judgment against the Jewish religious leaders, but it is also a challenge to all of us: what are we doing with the spiritual potential God has given us? Are we laboring in the kingdom to produce more fruit, or are we just wasting its potential? Don’t be deceived–Jesus says that we will each be held accountable for our actions.
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