Matthew 21:23-32 is the Parable Jesus tells his disciples about the Two Sons. A father asks his two sons to work in the vineyard. The older son declines but later changes his mind and works in the vineyard; the other son agrees, but doesn't follow through. Which son obeyed his father; the first son!
The parables of Jesus are highly-relatable stories tied to our own experiences which open a window to God’s thoughts and God’s ways. This parable is worth our full attention.
- Like the father sending his sons to work, God commands all people to carry out his will.
- Like the son who ultimately disobeyed, some promise but do not obey God’s will and are rejected by God
- Like the son who ultimately obeyed, some rebel but later obey and are accepted by God
Following Jesus means following his commands to us.