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Mark 12:1–12 - December 7, 2017

Parable of the Murderous Tenants

Recap:

  1. What is a parable and why did Jesus use them?
  2. Who was Jesus telling this parable to? (Mk 11:27–33)

Read Mark 12:1-12:

  1. What was the setting of this parable?
    1. Who are the people in the parable?
  2. What happens to the man's servant when he is sent to the tenants? (v. 3)
  3. What happens to the next servant he sends? (v. 4)
  4. What happens to the beloved son he sends? (v. 7–8)
  5. What will the owner of the vineyard do to the tenants? (v. 9)
  6. How did the hearers respond to Jesus' parable? (v. 12)
  7. How were God's prophets treated by God's people in the Old Testament?
    1. List a few examples

Application:

  1. What does this parable tell us about God's kindness and patience? 
  2. If Jesus was mistreated and eventually killed, what do we learn about the cost of discipleship from this passage?
  3. What sin fueled the mistreatment of God's people and eventually the Son of God?
    1. How are we in danger of committing this sin today?
  4. What does this parable tell us about God's sure triumph against his enemies?
    1. How can you encourage unbelievers to choose Christ and life in him?