Aug. 20- Ch. 20

In reading the parable of the landowner, a thought occurred to me this morning.  From what I have read it is the central point of the parable that matters, not the extraneous stuff that happens, and Jesus seems to indicate the central theme of this parable is “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.”    But that is not what we usually take away from it.  The usual take away is we will all be treated equally no matter how long we have been a part of the kingdom.  My question is…have we been making this parable say something that it is not meant to say?

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2 Responses to Aug. 20- Ch. 20

  1. Sharon Owen says:

    That is an excellent question. I just want to be inside the boundaries. I figure everything else will take care of itself.

  2. Larry Martin says:

    I think the meaning of the parable is two fold. The first is that we are not the determiner of the wage. It is not our work or how long we worked “for the kingdom”. God determines the reward. Second it is not our judgement as to what is fair. Is there evil in our eye when we think that another will get paid as much as us even though in our own eye we have done more? I read the part that the last will be first and the first last this way. Those that place their judgement and idea of justice first and foremost will be last. They are placing their judgement of righteousness above that of God’s. Those that place their ideas of righteousness, fairness, and judgement as belonging to God and not them will be first.

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