They Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers

The GenerosityWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » of the Landowner

MatthewThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » 20:1-16

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Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

September 21, 2014 (15th Sunday after PentecostThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... »)

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Introduction

In the PhilippinesProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » nowadays, one of the importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » issues is pork barrel. Some congressmen and senators connived with one another, including some crooked people like Napoles and company, just to shrewdly withdraw the moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » of the people through the help of bogus non-profit organizations and projects. People are sufferingThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » from poverty and yet those corruptJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » politicians are enjoying the money of the people. Is that fair?

Our ParableCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » today tells about fairness, generosity and loveHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » in the kingdomThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » of GodMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ».

I. The Activities in the Kingdom

The Parable shows a usual business of a day. The landowner looked for more workers for his vineyardThis Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... ». The landowner did not stop, he looked for more workers in the early morning, at 9 in the morning, in the noon timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... », at 3 in the afternoon, and even at 5 in the afternoon.

We might conclude that his vineyard was so vast, and he needed more workers. The landowner called a lot of workers, but of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... », he chose the right workers, he did not hire all of them, he chose those potential workers as indicated in verse 20:16.

II. The Agreement in the Kingdomvineyard1

To persuade workers to work for his vineyard he promised them to pay one denarius“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » each day. The denarius was a Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » silverCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » coin“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » in New Testament time. It took its nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » from it being equal to ten “asses”, a number after 217 B.C. increased to sixteen (about 3.898 grams or .1375 oz.). It was the principal silver coin of the Roman Empire (Thayer’s).

The workers worked for the day due to the landowner’s fair deal with them.

 III. The Generosity and Fairness in the Kingdom

The Parable shows the character of the Kingdom of God“It is Finished!”. Read more ... »:

There’s love or charity. The landowner showed his love through generosity by hiring the laborers even though the work time of the day was lesser. The landowner kept poorLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... » men to work, and kept them from idleness and poverty.

The Parable shows us how to love others. There’s fairness and justiceThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ». In our worldJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » nowadays justice and fairness are showed only to those who are near to us, to those we want to love, to those who follow us, to those who uphold our will, to those who buyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » our products, and to those who belong to the same party, and are showed to those who have same color or same country. That’s not love in the kingdom sense!

There’s fairness in the kingdom. The landowner paid all the laborers according to their agreement: one denarius each day. For other laborers, the landowner was unfair since he paid other workers equally even though they worked for lesser time. But did he violate any agreement? Not even once! He did not take the salary of one laborer, and gave to another laborer. He did not say, since you worked only for few hours, I will giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » the rest of your salary to those who worked many hours in the vineyard. The Parable only shows that the landowner was generous to everybody. The landowner was true to his promiseThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » and agreement and he did not changeTunay na Pagbabago: Buhay na Patotoo, Sandata sa Paghayo. Read more ... » the rules in the middle of the game. The landowner was indeed fair!

I watched the movieBRUNO is a Trash!. Read more ... » Apocalypto (2006) produced by Mel Gibson, and it shows that the powerful Mayan kingdom capturedThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » weak village people to make them slaves and offer them to their gods. At the top of their pyramid altar, their Mayan priestsHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » opened the heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of the sacrificial men, beheaded and threw their heads and bodies down the last steps of the pyramid. The Mayans used and offered lives of others just to comply with their religion. It shows then the unfairness of their religious“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » systemA System that Korean Church Used to Grow So Rapidly. Read more ... ».

I wish that our faMatthew 20.1-16aaith is not like that of Mayan religion, we shall uphold, pursue, and be a catalyst of God’s fairness in every aspect of our lifeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » and daily businesses. If we do that we show to the world that we belong to the kingdom of God.

Conclusion

Another interpretation of the laborers’ salary is rewardThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... ». The early laborers were the early chosen ones by God for his kingdom, and there would be late laborers in the kingdom, but all of them will receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » the same reward at the end of their work, and that’s eternal lifeThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » in his bosom.

The challengeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » for all of us nowadays is that we try to become catalyst of God’s kingdom in our own community by being fair and equally generous to all people.

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