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24
Sep

Does God Pay Fair Wages?

Matthew 20:1-16
20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
20:2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;
20:4 and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
20:5 When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.
20:6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’
20:7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’
20:8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’
20:9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.
20:10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.
20:11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner,
20:12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’
20:13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
20:14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.
20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Ben Snyder
Today’s Message

Does God pay Fair Wages? Matthew 20:1-16

Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus’ view of what the Kingdom is like

Does God Pay Fair Wages?
1. Call for Laborers
The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

2. Agreement of Pay

After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into the vineyard.

When he went out… he saw others… and said to them, “You also go into the vineyard and I will pay you whatever is right.”

Does God Pay Fair Wages?

3. Work Performed

Does God Pay Fair Wages?

4. Payment for labor

“Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.”

Does God Pay Fair Wages?

5. God is not profit motivated

“Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?”

Does God Pay Fair Wages?

6. God’s Generosity

“…are you envious because I am generous?”

30
Jul

Secrets of the Kingdom

Remember that when Jesus came preaching, he was announcing the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of Heaven, proclaiming it to be “at hand” or within reach. This discourse involving parables is the second major teaching to “the crowds” in Matthew, after chapters 5-7, the sermon on the mount. Chapter 13 could be dubbed “the sermon from the boat.” He is describing the new order of things, now that God is in charge.

16
Jul

Prepare the Soil

good soil is the result of cultivation. Most farmers will tell you that it’s not likely to just be there for you, with no work and no preparation. We break up the hardness, remove the rocks, weed out the thorns; then we are ready to hear the word of God, and become not only hearers, but doers.

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