The Parable of the Two Sons
In The Parable of the Two Sons, Jesus tells a story of a father making a request of his two sons. One son said he would not do it but then did it. The other agreed to do it but did not. Jesus asked which son did his father’s will. The answer was, the first son.
Meaning of the parable.
The religious leaders proclaimed that they were righteous and tried to rely on their own sense of righteousness as their salvation. They were supposed to spread God’s word but, instead, spread their own messages.
However, the people who had no righteousness to rely on relied on the teachings of Jesus instead. They heard and saw the truth and repented. The leaders heard and saw the truth, yet they did not.
God wants our actions, not our words. A true change inwardly shows outwardly.
Matthew 21 (ESV)
28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.
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