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Three Parables

Mar 13, 2016
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King Jesus and the Queen City
It is passion week for Jesus, the week He goes to the cross to be crucified for the sin of the world. As He enters the Temple, in Matthew 21:22-46, the priests and the elders began to question Him asking, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus is glad that they asked, and answered them in the form of three parables. All three parables had the same theme, an offer and a rejection.
The second parable, found in verse 33 regards a land owner and his tenants. Verse 34 represents the prophets who have come to Israel to foretell of the Messiah. Jesus goes on to quote Psalm 118. He is showing them that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from His people and given to those who will produce fruit.
He is the cornerstone of the foundation built by the prophets. We, as His redeemed, are more pebbles in the building. Unfortunately, the Pharisees feared man more than God because they thought God was a man.
To discuss today
1. What does it mean to “fear God”? Remember, when you do fear Him, a life of fruit-bearing and worship will result.
2. What does it mean that you are a “royal priesthood”?
3. Read Ephesians 2:20, and I Peter 2:4-6. Does your life count? Why?
Father, You alone are worthy of my praise. Thank you for sending Jesus to be the Cornerstone. I believe that you have a purpose and plan for me. Thank you for including me in Your royal priesthood through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. I choose today to be a fruit-bearer by knowing You more. You alone are worthy of my worship. I love you.