The Gospel of Matthew was writen with the Jewish people in mind, therefore has many references to Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. It also contains at least 129 quotations or allusions to the Old Testament. Matthew's objective was to show the Jewish people that Jesus was indeed their long-awaited Messiah.

Prayer: Father God, we thank you for revealing your word to each of our hearts. I pray that it's not my words that we hear, but Your Words. Open our eyes so that we may see your Truth. Open our ears so that we may hear what you have to say to us today. We pray that you soften our hearts so that we can receive your message to us in a very personal way. We ask of you, wisdom, that can only come from you to apply your word in our daily lives. It's in your precious and heavenly name we pray, Amen

Matthew 21:

Outline: Jesus Confronts Those Who Deny Him / Offers a New Nation to Those Who Accept Him as Messiah

A.) Triumphal Entry (Matt. 21:1-11)

B.) 1.) Jesus Clears the Temple (Matt. 21:12-13)

2.) Jesus Heals in the Temple (Matt. 21:14-17)

C.) Jesus Curses the Fig Tree (Matt. 21:18-22)
(What did the fig tree represent?)________________________________________________________________________

D.) Jesus Debates the Temple Leaders in Three Parables
(a debate in three parables)
(Just who were these "leaders"?)_________________________________________________________________________

1.) Intro. to Confrontation (Matt. 21:23-27)

2.) Parable of Two Sons (Matt. 21:28-32)

3.) Parable of Evil Tenant Farmers (Matt. 21:33-46)
(landowner = _____, vineyard = ______, Tenant Farmers = _________________, landowner's servant = _________, land owner's son = _______?)

4.) Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matt. 22:1-14)


Link to our study for today on Matthew chapter 21.