"The Wonder Of It All" - Mark 12:1-12
- Why do you think Jesus uses a parable to confront the religious leaders concerning their attitude and conduct?
- In what way does the parable of the vine-growers speak to the issue of the authority? The authority of the religious leaders? The authority of Jesus?
- In what way does the parable describe the long history of Israel's resistance to the will of God? What does the owner's patience reveal about God?
- In what way is Israel a vineyard created by God?
- What was the fruit or return God had a right to expect from Israel?
- Given that the owner is God Himself, what through this parable can we learn about His sovereignty, authority, grace, love, righteousness, and judgment?
- How does this parable answer the assertion that God is love so He would never judge?
- Who do the vine-growers represent? The Owner's slaves? The Owner's Son?
- What would make the owner think that his son would be treated any differently than the servants that had been sent before him?
- Why did the vine-growers think that if they killed the heir the vineyard would be theirs? What is an heir?
- What does it mean that they "took him, and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard"?
- What does the owner do to the vine-growers and why is his actions thoroughly justified and absolutely righteous?
- Why does the owner give the vineyard over to new tenants (vine growers)? Who are these new vine-growers? What does He expect from them?
- Explain how this parable speaks to the Scripture Jesus refers to in verse 10 and 11?
- Who is the stone that was rejected? What is a cornerstone? Why is it important?
- What does it mean that this stone that was rejected by the builders became the chief cornerstone? Who are the builders?
- Why is all of this "marvelous in our eyes"? Who is the "our" in this verse?
- What did the religious leaders understand about the parable and what action did they want to take because of it? Why did they not act?
- What is the message of this parable for today?
- What have you learned from this passage and what are you going to do with what you now know?
- Isaiah 5:1-7
- 1 Peter 2:4-10
- 2 Peter 3:9
- Psalm 145:8
- Matthew 21:43
- John 15:8, 16
- Matthew 28:18–20