Introduction: Accepting a leader has consequences. Your acceptance
means that you agree that person should lead and make critical
decisions. Matthew makes a transition in his continuing proof that
Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus is Lord. Matthew now recites the
consequences of refusing to actively follow Jesus. Let’s dig into our
study of the Bible and learn more!

  1. The Entrance

    1. Read Matthew 21:1-3. Would you question these directions
      if Jesus gave them to you? (I would be concerned about
      taking valuable assets on the basis that I should say “the
      Lord needs them.” However, if Jesus can see into the
      future, how can I doubt anything He says?)

    2. Read Matthew 21:4-5. What is Matthew proving here? (Once
      again, that Jesus fulfills the prophecy that He is the
      Messiah. Notice that He comes gently.)

    3. Read Matthew 21:6-9. Read Matthew 16:20. What has
      happened? (It is now time to proclaim that Jesus is the

      1. What does the crowd say about Jesus? (That He is the
        “Son of David,” the One who comes “in the name of the
        Lord,” and “Hosanna.”)

      2. Read Psalms 118:25-26.”Hosanna” means “save now” or
        “please save.” What additional point does Psalms 118
        teach us about the cry of the crowd? (That Jesus is
        the One who is coming to save them. This proclaims
        that Jesus is Lord and the promised Messiah.)

    4. Read Matthew 21:10-11. Would this answer create a problem?
      (Read Matthew 2:3-6. If the people were knowledgeable
      about the Messianic prophecies, saying that Jesus was from
      Nazareth created a conflict.)

      1. What would you have done if you were there listening
        to this? (Investigated further, I hope!)

  2. Temple

    1. Read Matthew 21:12-13. We heard what others say about
      Jesus. We have followed Matthew’s series of proofs about
      Jesus. What is Jesus saying about Himself here? (He calls
      the temple “My house” and He asserts authority over what
      is happening in it.)

    1. Read Matthew 21:14-15. Are the religious leaders indignant
      about Jesus healing people? (Read Matthew 21:16. They were
      indignant about Jesus being called “the Son of David” and
      then Him acting like their leader.)

    2. Read Psalms 8:1-2. This is the text that Jesus quotes.
      What points does this text make? (That Jesus is Lord, that
      God ordains praise from children, and the reason for this
      is to “silence the foe and the avenger.” Jesus calls the
      religious leaders the “foe and the avenger!”)

  1. Fig Tree

    1. Read Matthew 21:17-19. Is this a good or bad thing? Is
      Jesus destroying something out of anger?

      1. What has the fig tree done that causes its
        destruction? (The leaves mislead you into thinking it
        has figs.)

      2. Is this a lesson for Christians who merely call
        themselves that?

    2. Read Matthew 21:20-22. I recently saw a movie that
      recorded several useless miracles. People developed gold
      teeth, fake jewels came from nothing, etc. The useless
      nature of the miracles made me wonder about their origin.
      Are we dealing with useless miracles in Matthew 21:
      causing a tree to wither and tossing mountains around?
      (The tree is an object lesson for hypocrites. Mountains
      might represent challenges and problems in your life.
      Jesus tells us that faith is the answer to life’s

  2. Vineyard

    1. Read Matthew 21:33-36. What argument might the renters
      make for their behavior? (They have no excuse for this.)

    2. Read Matthew 21:37-39. What is the motive for killing the
      son? (Property. Greed. Theft.)

    3. Read Matthew 21:40-43. Jesus says this is a parable about
      the religious leaders and the people who would kill Him.
      What property did they want? What is their stolen
      vineyard?(God expected His chosen nation to produce
      spiritual fruit. Instead, they directed the profits and
      the praise to themselves.)

    4. Think again about the withered fig tree. Is that truly a
      senseless miracle? Senseless destruction? (This
      illustrates why the Jewish nation that rejected Jesus
      would soon be destroyed.)

    5. Read Matthew 21:44. Are these our two options in life?

    6. Read Matthew 21:45. Is the target of Jesus discussion in
      doubt? (No. Matthew makes the point very clear.)

  3. Wedding

    1. Read Matthew 22:1-5. Why don’t those who are invited to
      the wedding come? (They are too busy.)

      1. How is their excuse like the motives of those who
        wanted to steal the vineyard? (Both groups were
        looking for financial gain. They were looking to
        increase their property.)

      2. How important is the wedding to the king?

    2. Read Matthew 22:6-7. Is this fair? (They are murderers!
      They insulted and enraged their king.)

      1. Isn’t it excessive to kill people because they insult
        you and make you mad? (Once again, consider the
        context. Matthew previously recounts the story of the
        fig and the story of the vineyard. Being a
        hypocrite, opposing the gospel, mistreating and
        killing God’s followers, and rejecting God has

    3. Read Matthew 22:8-10. What is the selection criteria here?
      Are there hypocrites and bad people in this crowd? (The
      invitation was to all. “Bad” people (as well as good
      people) accepted the invitation. The selection criteria is
      accepting the invitation.)

    4. Read Matthew 22:11-12. What is so surprising about not
      having the right clothes? These people were pulled off the
      street corners, they were dressed for shopping, working,
      and relaxing!

      1. Why do you think only one person was not wearing the
        right clothes? (This helps us fill in the gaps in the
        facts. Everyone should be deficient in the dress
        department, not just one man. Thus, we learn that the
        king must have given wedding garments to all of the
        guests, but this fellow refused.)

        1. Let’s follow the logic here. The end of verse
          12 tells us the man was “speechless.” What
          additional facts can we reasonably deduce? (The
          king is not at fault. If the king charged for
          the special garments, if they didn’t fit, if
          the man did not know anything about the special
          garments, he would have given that excuse.
          Somehow he thought he was right to refuse the
          king’s garments.)

        2. What would make this guy think he was right to
          refuse to wear the king’s special wedding
          garment? (He liked his own clothes better. He
          did not need the generosity of the king, he was
          a good dresser.)

          1. How about you? Do you pride yourself with
            your works?

    5. Read Matthew 22:13. What happens to this fellow? (He gets
      bound and tossed into darkness.)

      1. Let’s focus on the end of this verse. What emotion
        causes weeping and gnashing of teeth? (It would have
        been so easy to accept the king’s garment. How could
        he make such a mistake in judgment?)

    6. Read Matthew 2:14. We saw that everyone mentioned in the
      story gets invited. What does Jesus mean by “few are
      chosen?” Only one guy seems to be surprised to miss the
      wedding. (The only reasonable answer is that Jesus refers
      to self-selection. All of the original invitees turned the
      king down because they were too busy to pay attention.
      They were no friend to the king. Apparently did not want
      to come to the wedding because they mistreated his

    7. Friend, how about you? Are you too busy, too preoccupied
      with life, to care about the invitation to accept Jesus as
      your Lord and Savior? Or, are you part of the few who
      think that your righteousness is good enough? Why not,
      right now, pay attention, repent and accept Jesus’ robe of

  4. Next week: Last Day Events.