Summer Reading Plan//Day 10 : Matthew 21-22


Chapter 21

1When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,2saying to them,“Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tiedthereand a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me.3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:5“Say to the daughter ofZion,
‘Behold yourKing is coming to you,
Gentle,and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt,the foal of a beast of burden.’ ”6The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them,7and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats.8Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.9The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,“Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed isHe who comes in the name of theLord;
Hosanna in the highest!”10When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”11And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”12And 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.13And He *said to them,“It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it arobbers’den.”14Andtheblind andthelame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.15But 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 indignant16and said to Him, “Do You hear what thesechildrenare saying?” And Jesus *said to them,“Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babiesYou have prepared praise forYourself’?”17And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.18Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry.19Seeing 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 beanyfruit from you.”And at once the fig tree withered.20Seeingthis,the disciples were amazed and asked, “How did the fig tree witherallat once?”21And 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.22And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”23When 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?”24Jesus 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.25The baptism of John was from whatsource,from heaven or from men?”And theybeganreasoning among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’26But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet.”27And 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.’29And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went.30The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘Iwill,sir’; but he did not go.31Which 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.32For 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, seeingthis,did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner whoplanted 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.34When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce.35The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third.36Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them.37But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’38But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’39They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.40Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?”41They *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 theproperseasons.”42Jesus *said to them,“Did you never read in the Scriptures,‘The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the chief cornerstone;
This came about from theLord,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’?43Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.44And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.46When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.

Chapter 22

1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying,2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.3And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.4Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock areallbutchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.” ’5But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business,6and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them.7But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.8Then he *said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.9Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you findthere,invite to the wedding feast.’10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.11“But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes,12and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless.13Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’14For many are called, but fewarechosen.”15Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said.16And they *sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any.17Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?”18But Jesus perceived their malice, and said,“Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?19Show Me the coinusedfor the poll-tax.”And they brought Him a denarius.20And He *said to them,“Whose likeness and inscription is this?”21They *said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He *said to them,“Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”22And hearingthis,they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away.23On that daysomeSadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him,24asking, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children,his brother as next of kin shall marry his wife,and raise up children for his brother.’25Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother;26so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh.27Last of all, the woman died.28In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all hadmarriedher.”29But Jesus answered and said to them,“You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.30For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.31But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:32‘Iam theGod ofAbraham,and theGod ofIsaac,and theGod ofJacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”33When the crowds heardthis,they were astonished at His teaching.34But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together.35One of them, a lawyer, asked Hima question,testing Him,36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”37And He said to him,“ ‘You shall love theLord yourGod with all your heart,and with all your soul,and with all your mind.’38This is the great and foremost commandment.39The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’40On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question:42“What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?”They *said to Him, “The sonof David.”43He *said to them,“Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying,44‘TheLord said to myLord,
“Sit atMy right hand,
UntilIputYour enemies beneathYour feet” ’?45If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?”46No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.

Rachel Trimble