The Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard – Matthew 19-20
One day the Lord Jesus was speaking to his disciples, and telling them how hard it is for a rich man to find his way into the kingdom of heaven, because he loved his riches more than the Lord Jesus..
And so his disciples asked him “Who then can be saved?” and Jesus answered “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” and Peter then wanted to know what they would have because they had given up everything and followed Jesus.
So Jesus said to them “truly I say to you, you that have followed me, in the time when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit upon 12 thrones and judge the 12 tribes of Israel.. and everyone that has given up houses, or family or land for my name’s sake, shall receive 100 times more, and shall inherit everlasting life, but many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first. For the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is head of his house, that went out early in the morning to hire labourers to work in his vineyard.. And when he had agreed with them for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard..and three hours later he saw others standing not doing anything in the marketplace, so he said to them “you go also into my vineyard, and I will give you whatever is right” so they went their way.
And again at the sixth hour and at the ninth hour, he did the same thing. At the eleventh hour he went out again and found others standing doing nothing, and so he said to them “why do you stand here all day doing nothing?” They said to him, “because no man has hired us.” so he said to them “you go also into the vineyard and whatever is right, that you shall receive.”
When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward, “Call the labourers and give them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.. and when they came that were hired at the eleventh hour, every man received a penny. But when the first came, they thought that they should have received more, but they in the same way received a penny. And when they had received it, they complained against the lord of the house saying “these last have worked here for one hour, and you have made them equal to us, which have carried the burden and heat of the day.
But he answered one of them and said “Friend, I do you no wrong: didn’t you agree with me for a penny? take that which is yours and go your way, I will give to these last people the same as you. Isn’t it lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye filled with evil because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called, but few chosen.”
Memory Verse: Matthew 19:26 “…with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
1 What did Jesus say when the disciples asked him who could be saved? Answer: he said that with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
2 What did the lord of the house say he would give the first people he hired? Answer: a penny a day
3 What did he give the last people he hired? Answer: a penny a day
4 Why were the people angry with him for giving the last people hired the same wage? Answer: because they had worked longer in the heat of the day and were upset because the last hired were made equal to them.
5 how did the lord of the house defend giving everyone an equal amount? Answer: he said that it was lawful for him to do what he wanted with that which was his..