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Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21) | Craft 2


The point of this parable about the bad tenants is where this craft resides. We see the rejected prophets becoming the very stones that God’s kingdom is being built upon. It ties into the idea of Jesus as the cornerstone but also that the contribution of those beaten, stoned and killed prophets gave in their service as God’s messengers. Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21) | Craft 2

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Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21) | Character Images


Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21)

Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to the Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21).
Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(Please note : Some images have no watermark but are not copyright free, they are only intended for classroom use.)






Extra’s – (English Only).









Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21) | Craft 1


I love acting out stories, puppets, props, crafts, they can all highlight elements of the story and breath gusts of energy into dry dusty words – these blow life quite literally as you blow them across the table. Move the servants across the table on his way to collect from the Tenants, send the vineyard owner, his son, and a servant who is returning beaten and broken. Talk about the different characters, What were they feeling on their journeys? What obstacles did they face? What would they meet at the end of their travels? Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21) | Craft 1

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Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21) | Games


Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21) - Games


The parable of the bad tenants is all about consequences, about unheeded messengers, about responses that should never have been an option. Jesus may be seem to be teasing the religious leaders with such a brash tale but the truth is that we all too easily forget that our actions send ripples into the future. Here is a selection of games to suit a wide range of ages and set-ups. choose the game you would most like playing and your youngsters would respond to best.




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How many does it take – Cut up on magazine picture per child / team and place each picture into a separate bag. Have a child randomly pick one piece and try to guess what the whole picture is. Repeat until they guess or reconstruct the picture. Link this game to the idea of how many servants/prophets were sent.

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Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21) | Story

Story notes based on Matthew 21 where Jesus tells the parable of the Vineyard owner asking his sons for help
If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.

Today’s heroes are the bad tenants because they shows us the gift of consequences.

Essential Teachers notes:
Some stories seem innocent enough until you get into them, this is such a parable. It wouldn’t have taken long for the listeners to start switching out ‘servant’ with ‘prophet’, to wonder if the vineyard was Eden’s glory or the promised holy kingdom of heaven on earth. The process was thinly veiled even by Jesus’ standard, there would be no explaining this one to the apostles later. For the religious leaders, clearly painted as the worst of tenants it was a threat that couldn’t be more direct if it physically slapped them, but their hands were tied by the other ears that heard. As if adding insult to injury Jesus then sets himself up as the cornerstone, the very foundation that the new kingdom would be built upon.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Matthew 21:33-46

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