18 If a person has a stubborn, rebellious son who pays no attention to his father or mother, and they discipline him to no avail, 19 his father and mother must seize him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his city. 20 They must declare to the elders of his city, “Our son is stubborn and rebellious and pays no attention to what we say—he is a glutton and drunkard.” 21 Then all the men of his city must stone him to death. In this way you will purge wickedness from among you, and all Israel will hear about it and be afraid. 22 If a person commits a sin punishable by death and is executed, and you hang the corpse on a tree,
17 “‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” 20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities in which he had done many of his miracles because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
Notes and References
"... the claims that John was demonized and ate or drank nothing while Jesus overate and overdrank are obviously caricatures. Joseph Modica makes a plausible case for seeing Jesus’ critics as using the language of Deuteronomy 21:20, in which the rebellious son who is to be stoned is likewise characterized as given to excessive feasting and winebibbing. But Jesus was a “friend of tax collectors and sinners,” and even the caricatures of John and Jesus build on a core element of their ministries that involved asceticism and banqueting, respectively. The order of Jesus’ conclusion seems to favor the view that the audiences were trying to moderate both Jesus and John ..."
Blomberg, Craig L. Interpreting the Parables (p. 243) InterVarsity Press, 1990
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