Meaning of the Parable of Two Sons

What is the meaning of The parable of the two sons (Matthew 21: 28-32)? This parable reminds us that what we do is more important than what we say we will do. In my opinion, this is a most important Jesus’s message in this passage. Let’s take a closer look.

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The Parable of the Father and His Two Sons in the Vineyard – Georg Pencz

We have been asked many times by our parents, friends or colleagues to help out with one task or the other. We sometimes give a positive response and eventually not do it while we sometimes give a grudging negative reply and still do that which we previously gave a negative response to. Jesus’ parables enlighten and expose the heart.



A father and his two sons

workers in wineyards

The father called his first son “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” The son gave a nasty answer; I will not. This response shows the son as an obstinate, stubborn and rude child. He portrayed the character of a child who talks back to his parents when been instructed on things to do or when corrected of wrongdoings. He definitely deserved to be disciplined by his father.

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The father then went to his second son, gave him the same task and politely answered his father; “I will carry out the task sir” but he eventually didn’t do it.

This parable illustration reveals three key things:

Father_&_Sons1. It reveals the relationship between father and sons.

2. It reveals the responsibilities of the sons.

3. It also reveals the responses of the sons who were called to serve.

What does Jesus want you?

Why did Jesus use parablesJesus wants us to realize in this parable that, what we do is more important than what we say we will do. Jesus wants us to answer “Yes” whenever he gives us a commandment. He expects us to show acts of kindness when he gave us the commandment to love one another.

He wants us to say “Yes” when he says follow me but what he really wants from us is to follow him wholeheartedly.

God said in his book, Matthew 7:21; “ Not everyone who calls me, Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who does the will of my Father in heaven.”

What is the meaning of the parable of two sons?

Many Christians have an outward appearance of a born again, confess to being a Christian but lack the good qualities of who a true Christian should be.

Be careful that you do not just have an outward form of righteousness but having the true characters that Jesus really wants us to possess.

I welcome any comments or feedback on this article about the meaning of the parable of the two sons you might wish to make.


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