Jesus, the Priests, and the Temple of God

Matthew 21:23-46

The Crash of the Rejected Stone
Matthew is describing Jesus' second entry into the temple. The first as humble king on a donkey [Zech 9:9] with people crying 'Hosanna to the Son of David, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord' [Psa 118:25-26]. It led to confrontation with the chief priest [21:15]. The second begins with the sign of the fruitless fig tree. It continues with parables of vineyards unworked by those who promised to work, or held hostage by tenants who refuse to give the harvest to the one who planted it and kill his servants and his son.