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Sunday, April 11, 2021

The King's People Produce Fruit

In the center of Matthew’s Gospel is a parable that gives us great insight into the question of the relationship between Israel and the church. Jesus tells the kingdom parable of the vineyard.
Series:Matthew

The King’s People Produce Fruit

Matthew 21:12-46 (all Scripture NASB)

 

Purpose: King Jesus calls His people to produce fruit for His Kingdom!

 

  • To Bear Fruit, Cleanse the House of Dead Religion

Matthew 21:12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” 14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF’?” 17 And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there. 18 Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry. 19 Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.” And at once the fig tree withered. 20 Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, “How did the fig tree wither all at once?” 21 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

            Jesus cleanses the Temple (vv. 12-13)

                        FULFILLMENT of Isaiah 56:7; Jer. 7:11

            Jesus heals the blind and lame in the Temple (v. 14)

            Children call Jesus the Son of David = Messianic (vv. 15-16)

                        FULFILLMENT of Psalm 8:2

            Jesus heals the blind and lame, and receives praise from children

            Jesus speaks to the fruitless fig tree and teaches the disciples to HAVE FAITH

and PRAY - casting mountains into the sea (vv. 17-22 - defeating idolatry!)

 

  • To Bear Fruit, Recognize the King’s Authority & Obey

Matthew 21:23 When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 “The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?” And they began reasoning among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 26 “But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet.” 27 And answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” He also said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. 28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ 29 “And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 “The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. 31 “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32 “For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.

One Word: Authority

Jesus teaches in the Temple and confronts to the Religious Leaders

            The chief priests and elders question the King’s authority, Jesus answers with the

question about John’s authority (vv. 23-27)

            One Word: Obedience

Jesus then tells them a parable about two sons and their work (vv. 28-32)

Emphasis on the kingdom of heaven and receiving God’s call to believe & bear fruit

 

  • The Kingdom Has Been Handed to You, Bear Fruit!

Matthew 21:33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 34 “When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce. 35 “The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third. 36 “Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them. 37 “But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 “But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ 39 “They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 “Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?” 41 They said to Him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.”

Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,

         ‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,

         THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone;

         THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD,

         AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?

43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. 44 “And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”

Matthew 21:45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them. 46 When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.

            One Word: Fruit

Jesus confronts the chief priests & Pharisees for their rejection of the Him

The parable of the landowner & the vineyard

The Kingdom is taken from them and given to those who will bear fruit

FULFILLMENT of: Isaiah 5:1; Psalm 118:22ff


 

 
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