1. To whom did Jesus turn his attention (12:54a)? How had people demonstrated their ability to forecast the weather (54b-55)? Why did Jesus call them hypocrites (56)?
2. What did Jesus want them to do (57)? How is this related to interpreting their present time? How does the illustration of the magistrate emphasize the urgency of reconciliation (58-59)? Why is it important to understand our time (Ro 13:11)?
3. What tragic event did people report to Jesus (13:1)? How did Jesus correct their view of this event and challenge them to repent (2-3)? How did Jesus stress this message (4-5)? What do the words “unless you repent” imply personally and nationally?
4. What parable did Jesus tell them (6-9)? Why did the owner want to cut down the tree? Why did he relent for one more year? What does this parable teach about God’s righteous judgment and his patience (Ro 2:4)?