The Wicked Husbandman: Animosity and Retribution

Jesus teaches this parable to rebuke the self-centered leaders of the nation. It summarizes God’s gracious dealings with Israel, their sinfulness, His perpetual pleas for repentance, and their adamant resistance to His prophets. He reveals their willingness to kill even their own Messiah and the terrible judgment awaiting presumptuous leaders.

The Unmerciful Servant: A Lesson in Forgiveness

As this chapter opens, we find Jesus teaching His disciples about pride and humility. He continues by addressing the subject of reconciliation with an offended brother. In response to this, Peter asks how often a man needs to pardon another. Jesus replies by teaching this parable

The Wheat and the Weeds: Good Seed and Bad

The same audience heard both this parable and the previous one known as The Sower (Mt. 13:18-23). They are taught by Jesus in chronological sequence. Both stories involve a sower, a field, seedlings, harvest, and the malicious work of Satan. Jesus interprets only these two parables, but His explanations provide sufficient doctrinal guidelines to properly interpret all parables.

The Royal Wedding: God’s Robe of Righteousness

For three years, Jesus has spoken in parables, many of which target religious bigotry. In this dramatic narrative, the union of Christ and His Church is epitomized as a festive celebration of marital happiness.

The Elder Brother: The Grudge

Jesus began His narrative by stating that a certain man had two sons (Lk.15:11), thereby assuring His listeners the story includes both of them. While the younger son was lost in sin, his brother was lost in narcissism. The first part of the story regards saving sinners, but the latter part deals with God’s attitude toward them.

Maxim of the Moment

He who speaks ill of his wife dishonors himself.