The two sons (Matthew 21:28-32) | back

 28But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. Here comes another parable for them to try and understand.

 29He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. The son would not go at first, but later changed his mind and went.

 30And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. The youngest son said he would go but did not go at all. 

 31Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. Which of the sons obeyed his father Christ asked. They replied "the first son, of course." Christ answered them and said that evil men and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom before you do. Why? The lesson here is repentance. Neither of the two sons obeyed their father at first, but the one son repented and then went to the vineyard to work. The chief priests and religious leaders should have know better if they read the scriptures.

 32For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. John the Baptist told chief priests and religious leaders to repent and turn to God, and they wouldn't listen. Evil men and prostitutes listened to John and repented. And even when the chief priests and religious leaders saw this happening, they still refused to repent, and so they couldn't believe.