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The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard

The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard teaches us about how God rewards us when our time in this flesh age is done. Do you feel like you deserve to be rewarded much better than your fellow-servants in Christ? Well let’s see what Jesus had to say on the subject.

(Mat 20:1) For 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.

This Householder is God/Christ and has been with this world (the vineyard) since the foundation of this age (and before). How has He chosen these particular laborers? He has chosen His workers very carefully based on their merits and shortcomings, and He knows how each will perform and serve Him based on what they did during satan’s rebellion before the foundation of this age.

So He goes to the marketplace at about dawn and chooses a group laborers that will be in His vineyard from the beginning.

(Mat 20:2) And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

The Householder is choosing those who will serve Him first in this vineyard. These laborers will work for Him this entire day and they have agreed that they will do so for a penny. This penny is our reward for making a choice to serve Him. And when we are His servants, our labors for Him will show our dedication to Him. The reward we receive for our dedication is eternal life.

(Mat 20:3) And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

It’s now about 9am and the Householder needs more workers and goes back to the marketplace to choose who else will serve Him. He finds some workers standing around waiting to be hired on themselves to earn some wages. They are standing around because they have yet to be chosen, so they really have no idea what to do. They haven’t yet received any guidance, but they are ready and willing to work if they are called.

(Mat 20:4) And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

These workers agree to be paid a wage that the Householder determines to be fair for the work they have done, and they go into the field to do what the Householder would have them to do. Notice they didn’t actually agree on a particular wage. They trusted the Householder enough not to even question Him. Did they even understand what their reward was to be?

(Mat 20:5) Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

He goes back to the marketplace at about noon and 3, and again hires more workers for His vineyard.

(Mat 20:6) And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

This question is rhetorical. Now, it’s getting close to sundown, about 5pm, the Householder goes back to the marketplace one last time to choose who will serve Him in His vineyard for the final hour, that Hour of Temptation, or Tribulation. There He encounters some men who have been standing Idle and waiting to be hired all the day. The Householder has actually been saving them specifically for this last hour.

(Mat 19:30) But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

The word ‘first’ here is protos in the Greek. It means, not only first, but ‘chief’ or ‘best’. These particular workers were predestinated from before the foundation of this age to serve in this last crew. They were chosen first, because they were the best, to serve last, during the last generation, specifically in the tribulation.

(Mat 20:7) They 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.

The Householder knows why they haven’t been hired yet and purposely hasn’t selected them until this time. However, they don’t really understand His true plan or methodology, but they don’t question it either. They agree to work for compensation that He decides to be proper and fair.

(Mat 20:8) So 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.

Now we arrive at sundown, about 6pm and Householder calls all His employees in to receive their payments. This is the Householder and He is the Boss of His workers, so He’s able to pay His laborers in whatever fashion He chooses. So He decides to pay the last group of workers He hired first and work backward to the ones who began working in the vineyard earliest.

(Mat 20:9) And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

When He came to reward the workers of the first group, which He hired last, He gave them the same reward as what the earliest workers had agreed to. Is this fair?

(Mat 20:10) But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

Likewise, the Householder paid the three subsequent groups the same wage, and when He came to the group He had hired first, He also gave them each that same penny’s wage. Now is this fair? You better believe it. He is paying each group according to their prior arrangements.

(Mat 20:11) And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,

That earliest group of workers begins to whine and complain that it’s not fair because they had been working in the vineyard the longest, yet they believed it to be fair when they were first hired.

(Mat 20:12) Saying, 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.

The earliest group believed, though they had agreed to earn a penny for their day’s work, that they should receive more than at least the last group that was hired on.

(Mat 20:13) But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

The Householder, however, tries talking sense into this murmuring bunch. He’s giving them exactly what they had agreed to be paid for their services.

(Mat 20:14) Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

He tells them to take their earnings and be happy with what they have received.

(Mat 20:15) Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Who can tell Him what to do with His own money, or anything else that is His? These earliest workers were jealous that the latest workers seemingly were paid much more than what they should have earned, but the Householder didn’t cheat them because when they were hired they believed this penny to be a fair wage.

(Mat 20:16) So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

There is a plan behind everything God does. He chooses each person fairly based on what He knows he can handle and what he deserves. During the rebellion of satan against God, some people made an immediate stand for God and against satan. Some men took a little bit longer to decide to act. Many didn’t do much of anything because they were on the fence, and were basically lukewarm about the whole thing. And then there were those who followed satan.

Regardless of when you begin to serve or how much you do, you will receive the same reward from God. God will make sure you are well compensated, but you need to make sure that you first accept Christ, and then dedicate your life to being a servant to Him. Don’t worry about how much others have done to serve Him, everyone will be justly rewarded.

(1Co 7:22) For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.

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The Parable of the Householder and His Vineyard

Have you ever wondered about God’s plan? Or do you wonder why He exhibits His wrath on those who refuse to revere Him, and instead decide they want to do what feels good to them and disregard and disrespect His message? This parable put forth by Jesus gives us a little taste of His point of view and what will happen in His response.

Jesus gives us this parable that was addressed to the Pharisees who questioned His authority to do the great things that He was doing:

(Mat 21:33) Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

This householder is none other than the Father Himself. He created and established this vineyard, which represents the world in which we live in this flesh age. He put a hedge around this vineyard, which is a border that prevents us from leaving it. Everything we know is inside this vineyard. Everything outside this hedge or fence is not of the physical world. The grapes themselves represent those who live in this world, and the husbandmen are those who are supposed to tend to the grapes and make sure that they are taken care of and grown properly so that there is a bountiful harvest when the time comes. Once the grapes are harvested, they are put in the winepress to make wine. This winepress is reserved for the return of Jesus at the end of this flesh period.

(Rev 14:15) And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
(Rev 14:16) And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
(Rev 14:17) And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
(Rev 14:18) And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
(Rev 14:19) And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
(Rev 14:20) And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

God the Father also placed a watchtower in this vineyard. The watchmen, those appointed by God to oversee the world and warn the world of what is to come, are placed on top of this watchtower. These are God’s elect who are here to guide the world in the right direction by sharing the truth of God. Many of these elect, or watchmen, are given the role of prophets of God, among other roles.

This vineyard was leased out by God to priests, husbandmen, for them to take care of it, for better or for worse. Notice that these priests are leasing this vineyard and are not servants hired by the householder. They were not chosen or appointed, but chose to take the role, but are held responsible for the crop none-the-less, because the vineyard is still owned by the Householder, and they will be held responsible for the results. After the Householder set up this vineyard, and leased it out to caretakers, He left the vineyard and went outside the hedge that was placed around it, outside this physical world and left them in charge.

(Mat 21:34) And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

As time went on, the vineyard matured and grew closer to harvest time. So the householder sent his personal servants to the vineyard to collect the grapes that were already matured and ready to be picked. A vineyard in the northern hemisphere is generally harvested between late August and early October. September is the main space of time that the harvest occurs. So these servants are sent to collect those early grapes. These early grapes are those who are more spiritually mature and ready to hear a deeper message from God. So God sends these servants, His prophets, to give them His message and help them come closer to Him.

(Mat 21:35) And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

These earlier servants are the earlier prophets who warned of the coming doom that would be seen if God’s children didn’t return to Him. They warned that His kingdom would go into captivity if they didn’t make a correction. Many of these grapes were matured and ready to hear the message and be gathered by the servants of the householder. But the priests had been tending to the vineyard and not doing it justice, so many of the grapes weren’t ready and those people didn’t listen. The priests didn’t like this, and instead they totally disregarded God’s prophets and continued leading God’s children astray, and did what they wanted, which basically amounts to idolatry. They put their own desires between them and God.

(Mat 21:36) Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

Then, because the householder never heard back from his servants, he sent more. So, God sent further prophets to try to guide His children back to Him. They warned that if they didn’t return to Him, there would be consequences. They were again there to gather those who were matured and ready back to God. Of course, the priests didn’t like this idea this time either. They wanted to be the big dogs and run the vineyard their own way and reap the reward. They didn’t want anyone else to receive the credit or the benefits. So they also completely disregarded these servants of God and continued leading His children astray.

(Mat 21:37) But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Because he also didn’t hear back from the second group of servants, what did he do?

These householders had absolutely no respect for the householder’s servants. So if they should have respect for anyone, it should be his own son. They should revere his son just as they revere him right. After all, his son is his closest kin and representative. If they don’t respect his son, who will they respect? They certainly wouldn’t have reverence for him if they don’t even revere his son. So God sent His Son, this is His representative to man. Whatever way we treat His Son, Jesus Christ, is how we are also treating His Father, our Father, because Jesus is God. For all intents and purposes, the son was the householder. Jesus is the form God takes to present Himself in a form we are able to comprehend. We could never even comprehend our Father in Heaven.

So this son of the householder should have been treated just as they would treat the householder himself. Right?

(Mat 21:38) But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

But, instead, they treated the son even worse. They understood how they should have treated the householder’s son, but they decided to choose to serve their own personal gain. The husbandmen knew that this son would inherit the entire vineyard, but they didn’t want to have to give it up to him eventually.

(Mat 21:39) And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

They figured they could kill the son and take over the control of the vineyard themselves. So they killed God’s Son, His representative on earth. They killed God in the flesh. That should have been the end of it…or so they thought.

(Mat 21:40) When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

When harvest time comes, then the householder returns to see how the vineyard turned out. What do you think the householder will do to those men who were supposed to take care of his vineyard and respect his servants and his own son?

(Mat 21:41) They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

These husbandmen who were so disobedient aren’t going to have a fun time once the householder returns on the Lord’s Day. This flesh world is going to pass away in fervent heat. All that offends will be destroyed and we will enter into a period called the Millennium, a thousand year period in which Christ will rule on earth firsthand.

(2Pe 3:10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

He will return with a rod of iron and will not be meek as most would expect Him to be. If you accept Christ and submit to Him and listen to His words, and remain faithful to him until He returns as a good servant, then you will be put in charge of this next vineyard crop in the Millennium. If not, then, well just use your imagination.

Hopefully, He will give you a chance to be part of that vineyard crop to become spiritually mature and part of the good final harvest, at the end of the Millennium.

These who He puts in charge of His vineyard in the Millennium are those who He knows will bear good fruit because they have already proven themselves.

(Mat 21:42) Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

This Stone the builders rejected, the Son, is the very Stone that the Kingdom of God is built upon. The cornerstone is a stone that is put in the foundation of a building for its strength. It is a symbol of strength in the building’s foundation, and often, in ancient times, it was even anointed, just as Christ is anointed, and so are His servants. Christ is the most marvelous anointed one. There is no one above Him.

(Mat 21:43) Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Jesus is getting to the point of this message to these Pharisees He’s talking to. He is telling them they will soon lose the priesthood and it will be given to those who are worthy. This not only applies to those Pharisees, but anyone who considers himself a priest of God, but leads God’s children astray. Do you know any of these? Beware of them.

(Mat 21:44) And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Ultimately if these do not correct their ways, they will be destroyed in the second death of the Lake of Fire at the end of the Millennium.

(Rev 21:8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

(Mat 21:45) And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

The Pharisees knew exactly who Jesus was talking about. It was them, and they hated Him for it. They hated the Son of the Householder. This is the very thing that He just warned them of.

(Mat 21:46) But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

They knew that they could not kill the Son right now though, because so many that were around did, in fact, revere Him.
Though they knew He was talking of them, they still didn’t get the bigger picture, or even heed His warning.

Will you heed His warning and be a faithful servant?

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