“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard’. ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.”
Matthew 21:28-30 NIV
This parable is only mentioned in the Gospel according to Matthew. In a way, this parable is similar to the Prodigal Son’s parable. Here, Jesus was talking to the chief priests and elders, whom questioned Him who gave Jesus the authority to teach and to operate miracles.
In this parable the first son was the people that long ago, decided to don’t listen to God’s commandment and followed their own desires. But later, decided to obey the Father’s will by repenting, believing and following Jesus. The other son was the religious people, chief priest, pharisees, the keepers of the law that weren’t happy with what Jesus was doing and teaching. They kept trying to stop him.
“‘Which of the two did what his father wanted?’ ‘The first,’ they answered. Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.’”
Matthew 21:31 NIV
Both groups were listening to Jesus teaching. One group believed in Him and start to following the Way, and the other group was too pride, thinking they were good enough and hiding behind their knowledge and status, not repenting nor believing in Him.
Because of pride they could not see who the Jesus is. Pride can blind us spiritually. So when we leave our pride aside Jesus transforms the way we think and we start to do the Father’s will.
Jesus, thank you for this super extended Golden Week. I pray for the people coming back from the Ohana Retreat, that they can safely arrive to their homes. Help us to do Your will. In Jesus name I pray.