People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others just have excuses.
Jesus says: “Let your Yes be Yes and your No No”.
In other words, say what you mean and mean what you say.
Matthew 21 is a new section concerning the rejection of Jesus.
Yet this rejection is not always easily seen.
On the first Palm Sunday, People say Yes to Jesus – “Hosanna in the highest” but a little while later many are shouting No, “Crucify Him”.
People are in the Temple - Yes! A good thing if they are praying and praising God, but by their actions they were being a stumbling block to others.
Jesus in two parables shows that despite Israel saying Yes to God they meant No.
They wanted His salvation, but not to come under His Lordship. They wanted the privilege of being the People of God but not the responsibility to be the Salt and Light of the world.
This Chapter has an underlying theme of Israel’s integrity, and so it is a reminder for us to mean what we say as we pray and live our lives for Jesus.