Study Passage: Matthew 21:1-22:14
“And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,” ~ Matthew 21:15
This section marks the finality of Israel’s rejection of their Messiah and likewise His rejection of the nation that had been His chosen channel of redemption for 1500 years, since Exodus 24. Paul refers to Israel as the natural olive tree in Romans 9-11, teaching that the church had replaced that nation with His church (wild olive grafted in). When the church becomes virtually ineffective (Rev. 3.16), He will remove it at the Rapture and once again install Israel during the Tribulation and the thousand years of His millennial reign.
Chapter 21 begins on Sunday, so the previous 20 chapters cover some 1,000 days of ministry while these eight chapters primarily relate the events of eight days. This proportion highlights Matthew’s focus on the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. Every part of our passage teaches us something significant about this mutual rejection.
The key statement in verses 1-16 is found in verse 15: “they were sore displeased”. In verses 17-22 the focus is on verse 19: “let no fruit grow on thee henceforth”. The parable in 28-32 gives a terse yet convicting object lesson, while the story following in 33-46 is more extended as it showcases the Father’s great love and patience in seeking draw His people to Himself. The first 14 verses of chapter 22 describe the broadest invitation possible to attend the wedding, yet the strictest requirement for entrance. No one can enter Heaven unless clothed in the righteousness of Christ (Rev. 3.5).
Getting the facts #1: Matthew 21:1-11
- Often our Lord through the scriptures asks His people to do what they cannot plan out on their own. What did the disciples have to demonstrate to follow our Lord’s directions?
Getting the facts #2: Matthew 21:12-17
- Jesus said that His house should be called a house of prayer. Why is it important that His place of worship should be known as a place of prayer?
Getting the facts #3: Matthew 21:18-22
- What simple truth can we learn from our Lord’s expectation from the tree when he came to it?
Getting the facts #4: Matthew 21:23-46
- What simple truth can we learn from the story of the two sons?
Getting the facts #5: Matthew 22:1-14
- What “big picture” truth do these verses present concerning God’s invitation?