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Parables Of Jesus Christ: True Obedience
The Messiah's parable of true obedience:
"21:28 But 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. 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
The one son "obeyed" his father with words, but failed to do so in deed. He was a hypocrite. The other son at first rebelled, but later repented and obeyed his father in word and deed. What was the meaning of the parable? Who did the two sons represent?
"21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father?
"Whether of them twain did the will of his father?"
The parable is about obedience to God, true obedience, not being a self-righteous hypocrite who "honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me" (verse 8, below).
"15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees [see also Was Paul Among Them?], which were of Jerusalem, saying, 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? [see Did Jesus Break The Law?] for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
The even greater hypocrisy is that the religious phonies of that time (just as they still do today i.e. the attitude of much of the merely Christian-professing world, Roman Catholic and "Protestant," toward the true Church of God - see The Cure For The Carnal Mind) accused those who did truly obey God of being sinners.
"23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries [see Frontlets and Phylacteries], and enlarge the borders of their garments [see The Fringes Of His Garment], 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Fact Finder: (a) What was the purpose of the religious authorities not being able to understand the truth? What made them innocent? Why did Jesus say "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" in Luke 23:34? (b) When were (or will) those in (a) no longer innocent - and therefore accountable to truly repent and obey God?