Reading 1, Matthew 20:1- 28
The Parable of the Workers in the
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a
landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a
denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others
standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and
whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour,
and did likewise. 6 And
about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and
said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said
to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will
8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard
said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages,
beginning with the last to the first.’ 9 And when those came who were hired about
the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they
would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, theycomplained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have
worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have
borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am
doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way.
I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own
things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first
last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
1. Question (1-16): What do you think is the main point in this parable?
What takeaway do you find in this for yourself?
Jesus a Third Time Foretells His Death and
17 Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve
disciples aside on the road and said to them, 18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of
Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will
condemn Him to death, 19 and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and
to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise
Greatness Is Serving
20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him
with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?”
She said to Him, “Grant that these two
sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in
22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know
what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to
drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
They said to Him, “We are able.”
23 So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My
cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit
on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for
those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”
24 And when the ten heard it, they were
greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and
said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and
those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever
desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be
your slave—28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be
served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
2. Question (25-28): What practice do you find in verses 25 – 28 for
those who will follow Jesus?
Reading 2: Matthew 20: 29 – Matthew 21:15
Two Blind Men Receive Their Sight
29 Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude
followed Him. 30 And
behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was
passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”
31 Then the multitude warned them that they should
be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord,
Son of David!”
32 So Jesus stood still and called them, and
said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
33 They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be
opened.” 34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes.
And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
specific about what we need is different than tell God HOW we want Him to
answer our prayer. Jesus used all types
of ways in healing people. The point is
not how He healed them, but that He healed them. Image a blind man telling Jesus how to heal
him. “I want healed and I want you to
spit in the dirt, make mud, paste it on my eyes,” etc… The “how” was left up to the leading of the
Holy Spirit working through Christ to do the Father’s will.
3. Question (29-34): (See also 1 John 5:14-15) Why do you think Jesus
asked them what they wanted Him to do for them?
Optional 6-minute video on prayer:https://12stone.com/watch/pray-like-jesus/should-we-be-specific-in-prayer
The Triumphal Entry
Now when they drew near Jerusalem,
and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two
disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite
you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her.
Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say,
‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded
them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their
clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on
the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on
the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed
cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was
moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the
prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
12 Then Jesus went into the temple [d]of
God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned
the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold
doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My
house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of
14 Then the blind and the lame
came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the
wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and
saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”
And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have
you never read,
‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’?”
17 Then He left them and went out of the city to
Bethany, and He lodged there.
4. Question (1-17):
Christians frequently say that the same group of people that praised Jesus on
His triumphal entry were the same ones that crucified Him less than a week
later. Based on the scripture, how do we
know that it was not the same group of people?
What does this say about the need to study the bible for yourself?
Reading 3, Matthew
The Fig Tree Withered
18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He
was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and
found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you
ever again.” Immediately the fig tree
20 And when the disciples saw it, they
marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”
21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly,
I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only
do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain,
‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer,
believing, you will receive.”
5. Question (18-22): Why do you
think God puts such importance on us having faith that He hears us and will
answer when we pray (see also Hebrews 11:6)? Why did Jesus teach is to ask our
heavenly Father in Jesus’ name (John 14:12-14)?
Jesus’ Authority Questioned
23 Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests
and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said,
“By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this
24 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also
will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what
authority I do these things: 25 The baptism of John—where was it from? From
heaven or from men?”
And they reasoned among themselves,
saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not
believe him?’ 26 But
if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all count John as a
prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.”
And He said to them, “Neither will I
tell you by what authority I do these things.
6. Question (23-27): Does anything stand out to you in the way Jesus
responded to the chief priests and elders?
The Parable of the Two Sons
28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he
came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ 29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he
regretted it and went. 30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he
answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”
They said to Him, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I
say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before
you. 32 For John came to you in the way of
righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots
believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward
relent and believe him.
7. Question (28-32): What does the
parable of the two sons say to you personally?
The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
33 “Hear another parable: There was a certain
landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a
winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers
and went into a far country.34 Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants
to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. 35 And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one,
killed one, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first,
and they did likewise to them.37 Then last of all he sent his son to them,
saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said
among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize
his inheritance.’ 39 So
they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and
40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes,
what will he do to those vinedressers?”
41 They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked
men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other
vinedressers who will [g]render
to him the fruits in their seasons.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the
‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the Lord’s doing,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will
be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. 44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken;
but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
45 Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His
parables, they [h]perceived
that He was speaking of them. 46 But when they sought to lay hands on Him,
they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.
8. Question (33-48): In this parable, what do you think Jesus is talking
about when He says the kingdom of God would be taken from them and given to a
nation (people) that will bear the fruits of it? What kind of fruits?
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
And Jesus answered and spoke to them
again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who
arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited
to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell
those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted
cattle are killed, and all things are ready.
Come to the wedding.” ’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to
his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully,
and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he
was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and
burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you
find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways
and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the
wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw
a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here
without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand
and foot, [j]take
him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
9. Question (1-14): What do you get out of this parable?
The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might
entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with
the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the
way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not [k]regard
the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful
to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
18 But Jesus [l]perceived
their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.”
So they brought Him a denarius.
20 And He said to them, “Whose image and
inscription is this?”
21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
And He said to them, “Render therefore
to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that
are God’s.” 22 When
they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and
went their way.
10. Question (15-22): What do you think we need to render to God that
which is His?
Reading 5, Matthew 22:23-46
The Sadducees: What About the Resurrection?
23 The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no
resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 24 saying: “Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies,
having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for
his brother. 25 Now
there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and
having no offspring, left his wife to his brother. 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the
seventh. 27 Last of all the woman died also. 28 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the
seven will she be? For they all had her.”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “You are [n]mistaken, not
knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are
given in marriage, but are like angels [o]of
God in heaven. 31 But
concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to
you by God, saying, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the
God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the multitudes heard this, they
were astonished at His teaching.
11. Question (23-33): The Sadducees were very knowledgeable about the
scriptures but lacked faith in God and His plan, and did not believe in the
resurrection. What do you think is the
difference between knowing about the scriptures, and knowing
the scriptures and the power of God?
The Scribes: Which Is the First Commandment of All?
34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the
Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a
question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great
commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like
it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the
12. Question (34-40): What do you think Jesus meant by saying, “On these
two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus: How Can David Call His Descendant
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus
asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ?
Whose Son is He?”
They said to Him, “The Son of
43 He said to them, “How then does David in the
Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:
44 ‘The Lord said
to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’?
45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his
Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor
from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.