Day 12

The Vineyard Owner

from the The Parables of Jesus reading plan

Matthew 21:23-46

BY She Reads Truth

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the meaning of the text and take to heart the “secrets of the kingdom.”

Editor’s Note: In this Parables study, Jesus Himself is telling us stories—stories He wants us to reflect on and process. Rather than asking our writers to write their own stories about Jesus’ stories, we thought it would serve you and the text better to provide questions to help you dig into the meaning of each day’s parable. If you find a parable or passage particularly confusing, stop and pray. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in His Word, and thank Him that we can know Him without knowing all the answers to our questions.


Week 2: Parables about Repentance and Grace

Stories about other people often reveal things to us about ourselves. This week’s selection of parables all deal with themes of repentance and grace, and in them we see that Jesus meant for His parables to stir the hearts of His hearers. As you read, let these parables serve as a kind of mirror, and ask what Jesus is showing you that you might not have otherwise seen. Use the questions below to help.


Day 9 Reading: Matthew 21:23-46


1. What is the specific setting of Jesus’ parable about the vineyard owner, and how does the setting help us make sense of Jesus’ story?

2. What problem is Jesus’ parable responding to, and what is the parable’s outcome?

3. What is the central point of this parable? 

4. What was the audience’s response to hearing this parable? What is yours?


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18 thoughts on "The Vineyard Owner"

  1. Eva says:

    I am dealing with some very challenging snd discouraging situations with Christian brothers and sister in NE Asia, and as I read this I see how the tenants did not recognize the authority of the master’s representatives, and prsecuted them. In the end the master settled everything. I am encouraged that we are not alone, and that Our Master will settle the affairs at the right time.

  2. Sarah says:

    My first thought: how am I taking care of the kingdom of God and working to help it bear fruit? But then I realized this thought is missing the central character: the son, Jesus! He is the one who makes this all happen, not us alone. He is the cornerstone to be respected and honored and obeyed.

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