MEMORY VERSE: “And whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” — Matthew 20:27-28 (NIV84)
Content Sentences (10 – 15 summary sentences)
Matthew 21:18 - 46
1. Matthew 21:18 – 22 In the event of Jesus encountering a barren fig tree that he causes to wither thus causing the disciples to ask how it withered to which Jesus replied, “if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done, so if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
2. Matthew 21:23 – 27 When the chief priests and elders questioned Jesus by what authority be does what he does to which he replied asking by them by whose authority did John the Baptist’s baptism come from, which confounded the priests as if they acknowledge it came from God, then why didn’t they believe or if of human origin then they may receive the anger of the people, so they just said that they did not know so Jesus replied in kind that he would not answer them.
3. Matthew 21:28 – 32 Jesus teaches from the parable of the two sons (with differing attitudes toward work) and the father who tells his sons to work in the vineyard, summarizing the story about belief and repentance, chastising them that they do not do either, so will not be entering the kingdom of heaven.
4. Matthew 21:33 – 46 Jesus teaches the parable of the landowner of vineyards and the farmers he rents to teaching about that God will take away resources (that are His to give) and give them to followers who will produce, which made the priests feel convicted but looked for a way to arrest Jesus, and were afraid of the people (again).
Matthew 22: 1 - 14
5. Matthew 22:1 – 7 Jesus taught in parable saying that the kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son, sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come, which enraged the king who destroyed those who disobeyed.
6. Matthew 22:8 – 10 The King said to the servants to go to the streets and invite people of all kinds to come and celebrate, which they did, filling the wedding hall with guests.
7. Matthew 22:11 – 13 When the king saw the guests he noticed that one man was not dressed appropriately for a wedding feast, so had the man thrown out of the hall.
8. Matthew 22:14 – 14 Jesus then stated, “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Divisions (major divisions of the passage: 2 – 4)
Matthew 21:18 - 22 Jesus acts out a parable about the consequences of an unfruitful Israel and God’s disapproval of his people who are all promise but no action.
Application: How fruitful are you in serving the King of all?
Matthew 21:23 – 27 Jesus answers and teaches the leaders through questions and parables about service in actions over words.
Application: Are you living for the Father of light out of love for Him, or are you living out of your own motives?
Matthew 22: 1 – 14 Jesus teaches by parable that when it comes to the Gospel message, some are indifferent, some are hostile and some unchanged and that they will all have the same fate; some accept by faith and will enjoy the wedding feast of the lamb.
Application: You’ve been called, but have you been chosen?
Subject Sentence (ten words or less)
We are chosen to serve, be fruitful; live for God.
AIM (One principle teaching point from the passage)
To cause the audience to see (TCTATS) that we are to love and serve God, and his children.