Matthew 21:23-46

  1. Verses 23-27. People often ask for more understanding or for more proof before they respond to Christ.
    How did Christ himself answer such a demand?
    What are the conditions of receiving more light?
    Cf. John 7:17. In what way does the brief parable of verses 28-32 underline the same teaching?
  2. Verses 33-44. What is taught by this parable concerning the character of God, the person of Christ, the responsibility of men and women, and the reality of judgment?
    Do you find anything significant in the reaction of the Pharisees in verses 45, 46?

Note: Verse 44 (see mg.) is omitted in many manuscripts. But it teaches that there will be brokenness either in repentance or in final judgment.