- Vv 1-12. [The Parable of the Tenants]
How does this parable clarify Christ’s unique position in relation both to God and to the prophets?
What does it teach us:
(a) about the character of the motives that lay behind his final rejection, and
(b) about his own expectation of vindication and victory?
- Vv 13-17. [Paying Taxes to Caesar]
How does this incident reveal both the wisdom of Christ and the insincerity of his questioners?
What important truth was Jesus trying to convey to his questioners?
What important truth is Jesus conveying to us? (Cf. Rom. 13:1-2, 6-7)
- Vv 18-27. [The Reurrection life]
The Sadducees were obviously attempting to make spiritual truth look ridiculous by interpreting it with the grossest of literalness.
How does Christ show them their mistake?
On what grounds does he base the certainty of the resurrection?
Vv 1-12. Since the Lord was obviously using Isaiah 5:1-7 as an Old Testament backcloth for this parable, his hearers would know that he was referring to Israel, and that this was yet another parable of judgment.
See Mark [TNTC], pp. 258-261.