September 2, 2012: Matthew 21:33-42, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · August 27, 2012
The Lord spoke this parable. “There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.
“When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and the did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, “They will respect my son”
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him and collect his inheritance.” And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“When therefore the owner of the Vineyard comes, what will he do with his tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give them the fruits in their seasons.”
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: “The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?”
1. At the beginning of this Gospel passage, what did the householder do, before lending his land out to tenants and leaving for another country? Did the tenants have all that they needed, to do what they needed to do to pay the householder?
2. How did the tenants respond when the householder sent servants to collect his fruit? What about when he sent more servants?
3. Why did the householder send his own son to collect the fruit? What did the tenants do, this time?
4. Jesus was telling this parable to some of the religious leaders in Israel. Why do you think Jesus was telling it to them? What did He want them to think about?
5. If the householder in the story represented God, and the land represented the people of Israel, who do you think the tenants represented? Who had been asked to care for the people of Israel? When the “householder” (God) sent His own Son (Jesus), did the real-life “tenants” recognize and honor Him?
6. Do you think the religious leaders were happy about what Jesus was saying?
7. What about you? When God (or an adult who is acting in your life on His behalf) lets you know about something that you are not doing right, do you ignore Him? Do you get angry? Or do you receive His correction and make changes to do what is right?