Bible Proficiency Project
Week 19, 5/11 - 5/15, 2020

Holy Week - Wednesday / April

I.     Monday —  Matthew 21:23-32, Mark 11:27-33, Luke 20:1-8   Jesus’ Authority

1.     Amongst the Jews, where did Jesus’ opposition come from?

2.    Where was the central location where this opposition normally take place?

3.    In the parable of the two sons who represents what groups?

4.    What does Jesus do to counter the Pharisees’ challenge to His authority?

II.    Tuesday — Matthew 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12, Luke 20:9-19  Wicked Vinemen

1.     In the parable of the wicked vinedressers, who did they represent and why?

2.    Jesus appeals to a story found in Isaiah 5:1-7 for this lesson, but how does He use Psalm 118:22 to drive

       home His application which is what?

3.    How does Jesus use their answer as to what the master will do and apply it to them?

4.    Why were the Pharisees unable to arrest Jesus at this time?

III.   Wednesday — Matthew 22:1-14  Parable of the Wedding Feast

1.     What is the primary lesson of the Parable of the Wedding Feast regarding those originally invited guests?

2.    What is the significance of those invited off of the streets whether good or bad?

3.    What does the wedding garment represent and why is the guest without one rejected?

IV.  Thursday – Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26   On Paying Taxes

1.     Who were the Herodians and what was the significance of the Pharisees bringing Herodians with them to

       trap Jesus?

2.    How was the Pharisees plot designed to put Jesus in a no-win situation?

3.    How did Jesus avoid the trap?

4.    What does this say about the two-kingdom idea we see in the Bible and the nature of Jesus’ kingdom?

V.   Friday — Matthew 22:23-33, Mark 12:18-27, Luke 20:27-40   Resurrection and Heaven

1.     Describe who the Sadducees were and where was their primary focus in life?

2.    How did the Sadducees try to trip Jesus up with what they might call a trick question?

3.    What was the faulty assumption in their question that revealed their personal bias and ignorance on the

       subject?

4.    In what way does Jesus use their question as an opportunity to teach and what can we learn from this?

5.    What do we learn from Jesus about our relationships in heaven to those we loved in this life?

 

​​Answers

I.     Monday —Matthew 21:23-32, Mark 11:27-33, Luke 20:1-8   Jesus’ Authority

1.     It was not from the Jewish people in general but the religious leaders and rulers, especially from the high

       Jewish council called the Sanhedrin.

2.    It was mainly in Jerusalem and in particular in the temple.

3.    The first son represents those who responded to the preaching of John the Baptist, while the second son

       represents that group who claimed to be religious and took pride in being the people of God but rejected

       Jesus.

4.    He asks them to tell them by what authority John the Baptist taught: of God or men. Their refusal to answer

       revealed that they feared the anger of the people more than that of God, but they could not claim it was

       from God for they refused to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus because they trusted in their

       authority.

II.    Tuesday — Matthew 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12, Luke 20:9-19  Wicked Vinemen

1.     He was challenging contemporary Judaism as defined by the church leaders in that day. They had rejected

       God but maintained a form of religion based on God’s covenant.

2.    By analogy, Jesus, or God, would be the chief cornerstone that the nation of Israel has rejected, but this

       same Jesus will be exalted despite their opposition.

3.    He says the Kingdom of God will be taken from them and given to a nation bearing the right fruit – that is

       the fruit of faith and obedience.  

4.    They feared the people who were there listening and understood Jesus' teaching was about the Jewish

       leadership and they were more afraid of the people.

III.   Wednesday — Matthew 22:1-14  Parable of the Wedding Feast

1.     The rejection of Jesus brings judgment.

2.    Those who are invited to come and sit with the king regardless of the quality of their character.

3.    It is the righteousness of Christ, and so everyone present in the church must be covered by the blood of

       Christ or they will be rejected.

IV.  Thursday – Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26   On Paying Taxes

1.     These were those who were loyal to King Herod who was in league with Rome. The Pharisees had a plan

       to back Jesus into a corner with a no-win question.

2.    If Jesus said they should pay their taxes the Pharisees would use that to discredit Jesus with the Jews, but

       if He said you should not that would send the Herodians to report Jesus as a traitor to Rome.

3.    Jesus took on both groups by calling for a coin and asking whose face was on it? Or put another way,

       whose coinage was it? He then responded give to Caesar those things that belong to Him (the worldly

       realm) and to God those things that belong to God (spiritual realm).

4.    In many of the encounters, it is apparent that most people think in terms of earthly existence. But Jesus

       repeatedly emphasized that His kingdom was not of this world but was a spiritual kingdom that called upon

       allegiance to God first and foremost while living in the world.

V.   Friday — Matthew 22:23-33, Mark 12:18-27, Luke 20:27-40   Resurrection and Heaven

1.    The Sadducees were the priestly sect among the Jews and controlled what went on in the temple sacrificial

       system.  However, even though they played a major part in the religious life of Israel, they were what we

       might call theological liberals and did not believe in an afterlife or the resurrection. As such, they were

       more concerned with the immediate aspects of personal benefit.

2.    They asked Jesus a  hypothetically thorny question about the resurrection. To them, it would be a trick

       question because they did not believe in the resurrection, and as such their question was irrelevant since

       there was no afterlife anyway in their minds.

3.    By appealing to an earthly principle of marriage relationships and seeking to transfer that as an ongoing

       relationship in history they reveal their bias to view only the earthly as reality and the temporal as the

       paradigm for the eternal.  

4.    In verse 29 we have Jesus beginning the answer by pointing to their failure to understand the Bible and as

       such the power of God. He then proceeds to answer by an appeal to scripture and in particular that God is

       still the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob even though they have departed this life – but they are not

       dead in the sense of the Sadducees who hold to an annihilationist view of death where everything goes

       out of existence at death. Rather, God is the God of the living even after this life on earth.

5.    That our relationships will be of a different nature, like that of angels who dwell in the presence of God.  In

       heaven we will all be united in our relationship to God and our hearts will be committed to the worship of

       Jesus as our King and Redeemer.