The Weekend Word

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  1. Jean says:

    One thing I really like about this parable is the idea that the Master is not restricted by economics. In other words, he has enough (and is prepared to bestow it all) daily bread to provide to all the vineyard workers, not matter how many or when they show up.

    Sometimes we get caught up in the paradigm of “rationing.” We are inclined to want to ration blessings because either we want to make sure we get ours or because we’re afraid there is not enough to go around. So even if we think God has blessed us or our nation, we are not sure how much blessing there is to go around, so we can’t be too generous in sharing the blessings we ourselves have received.

    But parables like this one and Jesus feeding the multitudes shows us that God can multiply his blessings beyond what we can fathom. Praise the Lord!

  2. Linnea says:

    Good study, MLW. With the economy squeezing my personal financial situation, I am reminded to be grateful for what God has given, and to be humble in receiving and sharing what He chooses to give.

  3. em ... again says:

    it’s not fair! that is a major theme throughout history isn’t it? teacher not fair, daddy not fair, policeman/judge not fair … yada yada
    God isn’t fair? haven’t we all been grateful for that fact? and, yet, how do we know for sure, eh?
    hope this lesson gets lots of pondering going

    God keep all (me, too) close and comforted, increasing in wisdom this weekend

    prayers continue also for Michael… and for this nation

  4. Paul A. Lytton says:

    I particularly liked your explination of vs.8

    “Do you know why he paid the last ones first? What would have happened if he paid the first ones first? They would have been paid and headed off home and not heard / seen that the ones who worked one hour got a full day’s pay.”

    I never thought of that before and it is very important for the first ones to be aware of this. If for no other reason, just to show them that their true inner-self is in flaw.

  5. Eric says:

    I preached on this in ~2012. I called it the parable of Johnny-come-lately. It’s like the prodigal son in that there are three characters – the giver of grace, the recipient of grace and the grumbling faithful. Regular church people, I thought, particularly in my church, would not be like the older brother, but would cheer with the angels when sinners repent, and be glad of people joining the church. But if Johnny-come-lately was seen to outrank them – if the church was to give more consideration to those on the way into the church than to they who had been faithful pillars of the church for many years… the grumbling faithful. So the only time I really chose a topic to preach, I chose this one.

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