The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Matthew 21:1  MSG   When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jes...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>&quot;Go over to the village across from you. You'll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>4   This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:   5   Tell Zion's daught...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>On this stood the city of David and some strong fortresses. The names “daughter and virgin” were...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>&quot;Look, your king's on his way,  </li></ul><ul><li>poised and ready, mounted  </li></ul><ul>...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>See  Isaiah 62:11 , and  Zechariah 9:9 . The prophet here describes him as riding upon one of th...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Only animals hitherto unused were regarded fit for sacred uses. See  Numbers 19:2 ;  Deuteronomy...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Isaiah 62:11  CEV   Here is what the LORD has said for all the earth to hear: &quot;Soon I will ...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Zechariah 9:9   Everyone in Jerusalem, celebrate and shout! Your king has won a victory, and he ...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Numbers 19:1  CEV   The LORD gave Moses and Aaron the following law: The people of Israel must b...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Deuteronomy 21:3  CEV   The leaders from that town will go to their cattle herds and choose a yo...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Matthew 21:6  The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do.  7  They led the do...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>8   Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>9  Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, &quot;Hosanna to David's son!...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>They were now proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah and he let them do it. &quot;Hosanna&quot; means ...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Matthew 21:10   As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, peo...
The Royal Welcome <ul><li>The inquiry arose everywhere, &quot;Who is this?&quot; to which the Galileans who composed so la...
He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>Matthew 21:12   Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up ...
He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>13  He quoted this text: </li></ul><ul><li>My house was designated a house of prayer; </...
He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>Isaiah 56:7  I will bring them to my holy mountain, where they will celebrate in my hous...
He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>Jeremiah 7:9-11  CEV   You steal and murder; you lie in court and are unfaithful in marr...
He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>Do you think I will protect you so that you can go on sinning?  11  You are thieves, and...
He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>I will protect you  — namely, from all impending calamities. In spite of the prophet’s t...
He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>so that you can go on sinning?  — namely, those enumerated ( Jerimiah_7:9 ). These words...
With praises from children <ul><li>Matthew 21:14   Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to J...
With praises from children <ul><li>they were up in arms and took him to task.  16  ”Do you hear what these children are sa...
With praises from children <ul><li>Christ's answer to the priests is a rebuke to all who would check religious enthusiasm ...
With praises from children <ul><li>Psalms 8:2   With praises from children and from tiny infants, you have built a fortres...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>18   Early the next morning Jesus was returning to the city. He was hungry.   </li></ul><ul>...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>19   Seeing a lone fig tree alongside the road, he approached it anticipating a breakfast of...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>The fig tree withered on the spot, a dry stick.  20  The disciples saw it happen. They rubbe...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>Seeing a lone fig tree  On the route from Bethany to the city. The fig is common in Palestin...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>&quot;No more figs from this tree—ever!&quot;  Peter calls this a cursing in ( Mark_11:21 )....
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>Mark 11:20-22  MSG   In the morning, walking along the road, they saw the fig tree, shrivele...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>Matthew 21:21   But Jesus was matter-of-fact: &quot;Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>Jesus was matter-of-fact  ... -  Jesus took occasion from this to establish their faith in G...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>There is no doubt that this was “literally” true - that if “they had the faith of miracles,”...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>But the Saviour rather referred, probably, to the difficulties and trials which they would b...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>22   Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your belie...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>This promise was evidently a special one, given to them in regard to working miracles. To th...
The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>It was desired especially for the apostles; nor have we a right to turn it from its original...
True Authority <ul><li>Matthew 21:23   Then he was back in the Temple, teaching. The high priests and leaders of the peopl...
True Authority <ul><li>The high priests and leaders of the people  -  Mark and Luke add &quot;the religion scholars.&quot;...
True Authority <ul><li>&quot;Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to teach here?&quot;  As he was teaching - Which...
True Authority <ul><li>Some of the priests (though not as priests) and all the scribes were authorized teachers. By what a...
True Authority <ul><li>24   Jesus responded, &quot;First let me ask you a question. You answer my question and I'll answer...
True Authority <ul><li>25   About the baptism of John—who authorized it: heaven or humans?” </li></ul><ul><li>They were on...
True Authority <ul><li>26  if we say ‘humans,’ we’re up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prop...
True Authority <ul><li>Jesus had made his point!  If He answered their question, which of course he would do truthfully, t...
The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>Matthew 21:28   ”Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the...
The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>29  ”The son answered, 'I don't want to.' Later on he thought better of it and went.  30  ”T...
The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>Jesus said, &quot;Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into G...
The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw t...
The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>Jesus is really pointing a finger at the Jewish leaders and calling them to task.  The peopl...
The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>Matthew 21:33   ”Here's another story. Listen closely. There was once a man, a w...
The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>34   When it was time to harvest the grapes, he sent his servants back to collec...
The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>The next one they murdered. They threw stones at the third but he got away.  36 ...
The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>38   ”But when the farmhands saw the son arrive, they rubbed their hands in gree...
The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>40  ”Now, when the owner of the vineyard arrives home from his trip, what do you...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>42   Jesus said, &quot;Right—and you can read it for yourselves in your Bibles: The stone the mas...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>The stone the masons threw out  &quot;The Scripture&quot; that speaks of this stone is  Psalms 11...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>Psalms 118:22  MSG   The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone!   23   This is...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>1 Peter 2:7  MSG   To you who trust him, he's a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to ...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>The figure represents a stone rejected by the builders as worthless, and then found to be the chi...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>43   ”This is the way it is with you. God's kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over t...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>45  When the religious leaders heard this story, they knew it was aimed at them.  46  They wanted...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>Handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life.  The kingdom was taken from the Jews an...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>1 Peter 2:9  MSG   But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly wo...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>Whoever stumbles on this Stone gets shattered ;  Two fates are named for opposers in this verse; ...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>While the principle is general, the special application is to the Jewish opposers. Their  falling...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>When the religious leaders heard this story  When the application of the parable was made, they p...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>They wanted to arrest Jesus  Jerusalem was filled with people, and the demonstration, two days be...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>Hence, they find some darker and safer way than an open assault in the day. None can oppose Chris...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>To continue our opposition until the day of grace is over will result in irretrievable ruin. Thos...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>Prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt.  The crowd that greeted H...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>Jesus fulfills prophecy when he clears the thieves out of the Temple.  Again the Jewish leaders d...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>When the leaders ask Him a trick question he turned it on them and even they saw where they were ...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>When I read the story of the greedy farm hands I think of all the people God sent to the Jews, th...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>I think we all see the results to come when Jesus talks about the corner stone being rejected and...
The Corner Stone <ul><li>What are you going to do with the Corner Stone?  Make Him the foundation of your life, trip over ...
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In 2007 the congregation read through "The Message" New Testament by Eugene Peterson. This lesson is taken from the assigned reading from Feb 25-Mar 3

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Feb 25-Mar 3-07 The Royal Welcome

  1. 1. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Matthew 21:1 MSG   When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples 2  with these instructions: </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>&quot;Go over to the village across from you. You'll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. 3  If anyone asks what you're doing, say, 'The Master needs them!' He will send them with you.&quot; </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>4   This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet: 5   Tell Zion's daughter, </li></ul><ul><li>That is, “Jerusalem.” “Zion” was one of the hills on which the city of Jerusalem was built. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>On this stood the city of David and some strong fortresses. The names “daughter and virgin” were given to it often, in accordance with the Oriental figurative manner of expression. It was given to them as an expression of their beauty or comeliness. (Barnes) </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>&quot;Look, your king's on his way, </li></ul><ul><li>poised and ready, mounted </li></ul><ul><li>On a donkey, on a colt, </li></ul><ul><li>foal of a pack animal.“ </li></ul><ul><li>This is cited from Zechariah_9:9 and to be understood of the king Messiah, who, in a little time after this prophecy was given out, was to come to Zion, and redeem Jacob from all his iniquities, and was now come. (Gill) </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>See Isaiah 62:11 , and Zechariah 9:9 . The prophet here describes him as riding upon one of the humblest of animals, and in the fulfillment we find, (1) that the animal was borrowed; (2) that he rode without a saddle on borrowed garments; (3) that it was a colt on which no man had ever before rode. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Only animals hitherto unused were regarded fit for sacred uses. See Numbers 19:2 ; Deuteronomy 21:3 ; 1Samuel 6:7 . This is the only instance reported in which the Lord ever rode on any animal. (PNT) </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Isaiah 62:11 CEV Here is what the LORD has said for all the earth to hear: &quot;Soon I will come to save the city of Zion, and to reward you. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Zechariah 9:9   Everyone in Jerusalem, celebrate and shout! Your king has won a victory, and he is coming to you. He is humble and rides on a donkey; he comes on the colt of a donkey. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Numbers 19:1 CEV The LORD gave Moses and Aaron the following law: The people of Israel must bring Moses a reddish-brown cow that has nothing wrong with it and that has never been used for plowing. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Deuteronomy 21:3 CEV The leaders from that town will go to their cattle herds and choose a young cow that has never been put to work. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Samuel 6:7 CEV Get a new cart and two cows that have young calves and that have never pulled a cart. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take the calves back to their barn. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Matthew 21:6  The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. 7  They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>8   Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>9  Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, &quot;Hosanna to David's son!&quot; &quot;Blessed is he who comes in God's name!&quot; &quot;Hosanna in highest heaven!&quot; </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>They were now proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah and he let them do it. &quot;Hosanna&quot; means &quot;Save, we pray thee.&quot; (RWP) </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>Matthew 21:10   As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, &quot;What's going on here? Who is this?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>11   The parade crowd answered, &quot;This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee.&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Royal Welcome <ul><li>The inquiry arose everywhere, &quot;Who is this?&quot; to which the Galileans who composed so large a part of the procession, responded: &quot;It is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth, of Galilee.&quot; Of this they were sure; of his real character none but his own disciples knew, and they imperfectly. The Galileans regarded him the prophet named by Moses in Deu._18:18. (PNT) </li></ul>
  18. 18. He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>Matthew 21:12   Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. </li></ul>
  19. 19. He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>13  He quoted this text: </li></ul><ul><li>My house was designated a house of prayer; </li></ul><ul><li>You have made it a hangout for thieves. </li></ul>
  20. 20. He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>Isaiah 56:7  I will bring them to my holy mountain, where they will celebrate in my house of worship. Their sacrifices and offerings will always be welcome on my altar. Then my house will be known as a house of worship for all nations. </li></ul>
  21. 21. He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>Jeremiah 7:9-11 CEV You steal and murder; you lie in court and are unfaithful in marriage. You worship idols and offer incense to Baal, when these gods have never done anything for you. And then you come into my temple and worship me! </li></ul>
  22. 22. He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>Do you think I will protect you so that you can go on sinning? 11 You are thieves, and you have made my temple your hideout. But I've seen everything you have done. </li></ul>
  23. 23. He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>I will protect you — namely, from all impending calamities. In spite of the prophet’s threats, we have nothing to fear; we have offered our sacrifices, and therefore Jehovah will “deliver” us. </li></ul>
  24. 24. He Kicked Over The Tables <ul><li>so that you can go on sinning? — namely, those enumerated ( Jerimiah_7:9 ). These words are not to be connected with “we are delivered,” but thus: “Is it with this design that ye come and stand before Me in this house,” in order that having offered your worthless sacrifices ye may be taken into My favor and so do all these abominations ( Jerimiah_7:9 ) with impunity? [Maurer]. (JFB) </li></ul>
  25. 25. With praises from children <ul><li>Matthew 21:14   Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to Jesus and he healed them. </li></ul><ul><li>15    When the religious leaders saw the outrageous things he was doing, and heard all the children running and shouting through the Temple, &quot;Hosanna to David's Son!&quot; </li></ul>
  26. 26. With praises from children <ul><li>they were up in arms and took him to task. 16 ”Do you hear what these children are saying?&quot; Jesus said, &quot;Yes, I hear them. And haven't you read in God's Word, 'From the mouths of children and babies I'll furnish a place of praise'?&quot; </li></ul>
  27. 27. With praises from children <ul><li>Christ's answer to the priests is a rebuke to all who would check religious enthusiasm on the part of children. The quotation is from Psalms 8:2 . The praise of the innocent child is the perfection of praise. (PNT) </li></ul>
  28. 28. With praises from children <ul><li>Psalms 8:2   With praises from children and from tiny infants, you have built a fortress. It makes your enemies silent, and all who turn against you are left speechless. </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 21:17    Fed up, Jesus turned on his heel and left the city for Bethany, where he spent the night. </li></ul>
  29. 29. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>18   Early the next morning Jesus was returning to the city. He was hungry. </li></ul><ul><li>He found himself hungry; which proves the truth of his human nature, which was in all respects like to ours, excepting sin. (Gill) </li></ul>
  30. 30. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>19   Seeing a lone fig tree alongside the road, he approached it anticipating a breakfast of figs. When he got to the tree, there was nothing but fig leaves. He said, &quot;No more figs from this tree—ever!&quot; </li></ul>
  31. 31. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>The fig tree withered on the spot, a dry stick. 20  The disciples saw it happen. They rubbed their eyes, saying, &quot;Did we really see this? A leafy tree one minute, a dry stick the next?&quot; </li></ul>
  32. 32. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>Seeing a lone fig tree On the route from Bethany to the city. The fig is common in Palestine. </li></ul><ul><li>nothing but fig leaves Mark adds that &quot;the time of figs was not yet;&quot; that is, of ripe figs. The green figs ought to have appeared among the leaves in April, though the fruit began ripening in June. </li></ul>
  33. 33. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>&quot;No more figs from this tree—ever!&quot; Peter calls this a cursing in ( Mark_11:21 ). It was doomed to death and withered. On the next morning (Tuesday) it &quot;was dried up from the roots&quot; ( Mark_11:20 ). It was a parable in action, illustrating how the fruitless Jewish nation should wither away. It had leaves, but no fruit. (PNT) </li></ul>
  34. 34. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>Mark 11:20-22 MSG In the morning, walking along the road, they saw the fig tree, shriveled to a dry stick. 21 Peter, remembering what had happened the previous day, said to him, &quot;Rabbi, look--the fig tree you cursed is shriveled up!&quot; 22 Jesus was matter-of-fact: &quot;Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, </li></ul>
  35. 35. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>Matthew 21:21   But Jesus was matter-of-fact: &quot;Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don't doubt God, you'll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you'll tell, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it will jump. </li></ul>
  36. 36. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>Jesus was matter-of-fact ... - Jesus took occasion from this to establish their faith in God, Mark 11:22 </li></ul><ul><li>He told them that any difficulty could be overcome by faith. To remove a mountain denotes the power of surmounting or removing any difficulty. The phrase was so used by the Jews. </li></ul>
  37. 37. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>There is no doubt that this was “literally” true - that if “they had the faith of miracles,” they could remove the mountain before them - the Mount of Olives - for this was as easy for God to do by them as to heal the sick or raise the dead. </li></ul>
  38. 38. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>But the Saviour rather referred, probably, to the difficulties and trials which they would be called to endure in preaching the gospel. (Barnes) </li></ul>
  39. 39. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>22   Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Absolutely everything ... - He adds an encouragement for them to pray, assuring them that they should have all things which they asked. </li></ul>
  40. 40. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>This promise was evidently a special one, given to them in regard to working miracles. To them it was true, but it is manifest that we have no right to apply this promise to ourselves. </li></ul>
  41. 41. The Withered Fig Tree <ul><li>It was desired especially for the apostles; nor have we a right to turn it from its original meaning. There are other promises in, abundance on which we “may” rely in prayer, with confident assurance that our prayers will be heard. Compare the notes at Matthew 7:7-11 . (Barnes) </li></ul>
  42. 42. True Authority <ul><li>Matthew 21:23   Then he was back in the Temple, teaching. The high priests and leaders of the people came up and demanded, &quot;Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to teach here?&quot; </li></ul>
  43. 43. True Authority <ul><li>The high priests and leaders of the people - Mark and Luke add &quot;the religion scholars.&quot; These three classes made up the Sanhedrim, and this was probably a deputation from that body. (PNT) </li></ul>
  44. 44. True Authority <ul><li>&quot;Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to teach here?&quot; As he was teaching - Which also they supposed he had no authority to do, being neither priest, nor Levite, nor scribe. </li></ul>
  45. 45. True Authority <ul><li>Some of the priests (though not as priests) and all the scribes were authorized teachers. By what authority dost thou these things - Publicly teach the people! And drive out those who had our commission to traffic in the outer court? (Wesley) </li></ul>
  46. 46. True Authority <ul><li>24   Jesus responded, &quot;First let me ask you a question. You answer my question and I'll answer yours. </li></ul><ul><li>A malicious question is often best answered by a question which will expose the questioners. (PNT) </li></ul>
  47. 47. True Authority <ul><li>25   About the baptism of John—who authorized it: heaven or humans?” </li></ul><ul><li>They were on the spot and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, “If we say ‘heaven,’ he’ll ask us why we didn’t believe him; </li></ul>
  48. 48. True Authority <ul><li>26  if we say ‘humans,’ we’re up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prophet.” 27  They decided to concede that round to Jesus. “We don’t know,” they answered. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus said, “Then neither will I answer your question. </li></ul>
  49. 49. True Authority <ul><li>Jesus had made his point! If He answered their question, which of course he would do truthfully, they would not believe him, just as they did not believe His fore-runner John. To answer their question would be pointless. </li></ul>
  50. 50. The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>Matthew 21:28   ”Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, 'Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.' </li></ul>
  51. 51. The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>29  ”The son answered, 'I don't want to.' Later on he thought better of it and went. 30  ”The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, 'Sure, glad to.' But he never went. 31  ”Which of the two sons did what the father asked?“ They said, &quot;The first.&quot; </li></ul>
  52. 52. The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>Jesus said, &quot;Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God's kingdom. 32  John came to you showing you the right road. </li></ul>
  53. 53. The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn't care enough to change and believe him. </li></ul>
  54. 54. The Story of Two Sons <ul><li>Jesus is really pointing a finger at the Jewish leaders and calling them to task. The people you despise took heed when John preached God’s Word and changed their lives. You saw this happen, and yet you wouldn’t learn from them. You did not change your life and believe God’s message. </li></ul>
  55. 55. The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>Matthew 21:33   ”Here's another story. Listen closely. There was once a man, a wealthy farmer, who planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug a winepress, put up a watchtower, then turned it over to the farmhands and went off on a trip. </li></ul>
  56. 56. The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>34   When it was time to harvest the grapes, he sent his servants back to collect his profits. </li></ul><ul><li>35   ”The farmhands grabbed the first servant and beat him up. </li></ul>
  57. 57. The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>The next one they murdered. They threw stones at the third but he got away. 36  The owner tried again, sending more servants. They got the same treatment. 37  The owner was at the end of his rope. He decided to send his son. 'Surely,' he thought, 'they will respect my son.' </li></ul>
  58. 58. The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>38   ”But when the farmhands saw the son arrive, they rubbed their hands in greed. 'This is the heir! Let's kill him and have it all for ourselves.' 39   They grabbed him, threw him out, and killed him. </li></ul>
  59. 59. The Story of the Greedy Farmhands <ul><li>40  ”Now, when the owner of the vineyard arrives home from his trip, what do you think he will do to the farmhands?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>41  ”He'll kill them—a rotten bunch, and good riddance,&quot; they answered. &quot;Then he'll assign the vineyard to farmhands who will hand over the profits when it's time.&quot; </li></ul>
  60. 60. The Corner Stone <ul><li>42   Jesus said, &quot;Right—and you can read it for yourselves in your Bibles: The stone the masons threw out is now the cornerstone. This is God's work; we rub our eyes, we can hardly believe it! </li></ul>
  61. 61. The Corner Stone <ul><li>The stone the masons threw out &quot;The Scripture&quot; that speaks of this stone is Psalms 118:22-23 --a psalm which the Jews applied to the Messiah. Peter twice applied it to him </li></ul><ul><li>( Acts 4:11 ; 1Peter 2:7 ). </li></ul>
  62. 62. The Corner Stone <ul><li>Psalms 118:22 MSG The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone! 23 This is GOD's work. We rub our eyes--we can hardly believe it! </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 4:11 MSG Jesus is 'the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.' </li></ul>
  63. 63. The Corner Stone <ul><li>1 Peter 2:7 MSG To you who trust him, he's a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him, The stone the workmen threw out is now the chief foundation stone. </li></ul>
  64. 64. The Corner Stone <ul><li>The figure represents a stone rejected by the builders as worthless, and then found to be the chief corner-stone of the building. The stone is Christ, rejected by the Jewish nation, but &quot;the chief corner-stone,&quot; for this is what is meant by the &quot;head of the corner.&quot; The &quot;corner-stone&quot; joined two walls. Alford thinks this is a reference to the union of Jews and Gentiles in the church. (PNT) </li></ul>
  65. 65. The Corner Stone <ul><li>43   ”This is the way it is with you. God's kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life. 44   Whoever stumbles on this Stone gets shattered; whoever the Stone falls on gets smashed.&quot; </li></ul>
  66. 66. The Corner Stone <ul><li>45  When the religious leaders heard this story, they knew it was aimed at them. 46  They wanted to arrest Jesus and put him in jail, but, intimidated by public opinion, they held back. Most people held him to be a prophet of God. </li></ul>
  67. 67. The Corner Stone <ul><li>Handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life. The kingdom was taken from the Jews and given to the &quot;chosen nation&quot; ( 1Peter 2:9 ); not any particular nation, but those chosen out of the nations to be a &quot;peculiar people.&quot; </li></ul>
  68. 68. The Corner Stone <ul><li>1 Peter 2:9 MSG But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you-- </li></ul>
  69. 69. The Corner Stone <ul><li>Whoever stumbles on this Stone gets shattered ; Two fates are named for opposers in this verse; those who fall on the stone shall be broken; those on whom the stone shall fall shall be smashed . </li></ul>
  70. 70. The Corner Stone <ul><li>While the principle is general, the special application is to the Jewish opposers. Their falling upon the Stone (Christ) was the ruin of their nation. When the Stone fell upon them , in the judgment he had predicted because they rejected him, they were smashed in the awful desolation that occurred about thirty-seven years later. </li></ul>
  71. 71. The Corner Stone <ul><li>When the religious leaders heard this story When the application of the parable was made, they perceived that they were meant and that they had condemned themselves. </li></ul>
  72. 72. The Corner Stone <ul><li>They wanted to arrest Jesus Jerusalem was filled with people, and the demonstration, two days before, on Sunday, showed that thousands of Galileans, at least, regarded him a prophet. </li></ul>
  73. 73. The Corner Stone <ul><li>Hence, they find some darker and safer way than an open assault in the day. None can oppose Christ without injury. Even the silent opposition of indifference will cause us to be &quot;broken&quot; unless repented of. </li></ul>
  74. 74. The Corner Stone <ul><li>To continue our opposition until the day of grace is over will result in irretrievable ruin. Those who are &quot;ground to powder&quot; or smashed are beyond hope. (PNT) </li></ul>
  75. 75. The Corner Stone <ul><li>Prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt. The crowd that greeted Him proclaimed Him Messiah, and rightly so. Did the Jewish leaders ignore the prophecies being fulfilled or were they not as learned as they should have been? </li></ul>
  76. 76. The Corner Stone <ul><li>Jesus fulfills prophecy when he clears the thieves out of the Temple. Again the Jewish leaders did not acknowledge this. Jesus, being all-knowing, didn’t have to walk up to the fig tree to know there was no fruit to eat. He used this opportunity to teach. </li></ul>
  77. 77. The Corner Stone <ul><li>When the leaders ask Him a trick question he turned it on them and even they saw where they were wrong. He used the story of the two sons to show a change of heart is necessary. </li></ul>
  78. 78. The Corner Stone <ul><li>When I read the story of the greedy farm hands I think of all the people God sent to the Jews, the prophets, and the Jews wouldn’t listen and killed them. Finally God, just as the farmer, sent his own son and still they killed Him. </li></ul>
  79. 79. The Corner Stone <ul><li>I think we all see the results to come when Jesus talks about the corner stone being rejected and tripped over and then falling on some. That stone is Jesus. </li></ul>
  80. 80. The Corner Stone <ul><li>What are you going to do with the Corner Stone? Make Him the foundation of your life, trip over Him, or be smashed when He falls on you? </li></ul>

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