This Week in SojournKids: The Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-45)

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We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: This week we heard about the parable of the wicked tenants. A vineyard owner leased his vineyard to two tenants. Leasing is like renting, meaning that the owner let these two people live at his vineyard for an amount of money. When it came time of the harvest the owner sent some workers and the tenants beat one servant and killed the other. The owner later sent his son and the tenants killed the son as well. Jesus asks the crowd what the owner should have done about it and the crowd said they should be punished. Jesus explains that in this story God is the vineyard owner and we are the tenants. God send workers and even his son to us and we reject them all.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  What is a promise? Is it bad to not keep a promise? Have you ever made a promise and did not keep it? Why did Jesus tell parables? He told parables to teach people about God and His Kingdom.

Read Matthew 21:33-45

Questions/Apply it:

  • In this story who is the vineyard owner supposed to be like?
  • In this story who is the son supposed to be?
  • What did the pharisees think about this parable?
  • Why did Jesus tell parables? He told parables to teach people about God and His Kingdom.

Prayer: God we thank you for parables. Though we do not deserve it you loved us enough to send your son. Despite our rejection you still desire to have us as your children. For that we thank you God. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.

Memory Verse: When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 22 - Session 6