Matthew 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12, Luke 20:9-19
"Parable of the Vineyard," Spark Story Bible, p.302
"The Vineyard Owner,” DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.297
When Gregory runs hooting and hollering to Grandma’s house in Grangers Grove and asks for griddle cakes, all she wants in return is one little chore. But Gregory is so eager to prove that he is the noisiest and strongest boy in Grangers Grove, he doesn’t listen to Grandma and ends up doing everything but what she wants.
How these stories are connected: Gregory doesn’t listen to Grandma so he doesn’t do what she wants. Jesus tells a story to teach the Pharisees but they don’t realize that he is talking about them. They aren’t listening to Jesus, so they can’t do what God wants.
Questions about Gregory:
What did Gregory think Grandma wanted him to do?
What did Grandma actually want?
Why wasn’t Gregory doing what Grandma wanted?
Why couldn’t Gregory get the eggs from the chickens?
Questions about the Bible story:
Who do the workers in Jesus’ parable represent?
What were the Pharisees doing that was wrong?
Why weren’t the Pharisees changing their ways?
Questions about our lives:
Why is it important to listen to your parents?
What are the ways that we can listen to God?
Dear God, please help us to be quiet and listen for your voice instead of guessing at what you want. Thank you for placing parents, teachers, and mentors in our lives to help us grow. Amen.