Friday, February 17, 2012

Matthew 20:1-16 - Kingdom of Heaven - The Parable of the Householder and Laborer

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please DO NOT take our word as law, pray to the Father our G-D through his Holy Son Yeshua the Christ and ask for knowledge..)

We continue our lesson in Matthew 20 and another parable of the Kingdom of Heaven. In this parable Yeshua lets us know that the promise of eternal life is afforded to all who receive the Kingdom of Heaven. This gift is for all and while we may be called great or least in the Kingdom our eternal reward of Life is portioned equally among all of G-D's children who adhere to his Commandments.

Matthew 20

1For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

2And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

3And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

4And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

5Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

6And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

7They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

8So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

9And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

10But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

11And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,

12Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

13But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

14Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

15Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

The mindset of individuals who harbor an internal desire for individual recognition, or who desire to be elevated above others, was a problem in Yeshua's time just as it is a problem in today's world. Our reward of life is equal among all and those who "believe" they should be first in line will quickly realize they are last in line. The humble and the meek shall stand first.