Sermons on Matthew
Others in Matthew, class 11: Matthew 21:28-22:14 – The Messy Unwanted but Invited This lesson covers three parables of Jesus. In these parables we meet tax collectors and prostitutes, the rejected, the uninvited. Surprisingly, we find these same also are those who are ultimately accepted as those who “did the will of the father,” (21:31), “a people producing…fruit”…
The Late Comers Generally, this parable is referred to as “The Laborers in the Vineyard” or “The Vineyard Workers.” Because we are focusing “The Others” we title it “The Late Comers.” Given the outcome of the parable, a good title would be, “The Parable of the Generous Master.”
The Marital Status Divide: Matthew 19:1-12 – This passage is not included in this curriculum so that we can once and for all solve the theological debate over this passages and other scriptures that address the matter of divorce.
The “Others” in this week’s lesson are different from any others we have considered to this point. These others are not “other” because they are different than or distant from us. In fact, they are likely very much like us and close to us. The reason they are “other” is because they deserve retribution from us. They owe us. They have done us wrong in some way. We see them…