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Is God Fair? (5 of 7)
Series: The Mysteries of the Kingdom: A Study of the Parables of Jesus
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Matthew chapter 20, Matthew chapter 20. We're in a series on Sunday mornings on the parables called, "The Mysteries of the Kingdom." Because Jesus said He would speak to the multitudes in parables, and in those parables you would find the mysteries, the secrets of the kingdom.
And today, we want to look at an interesting parable, one that has confused lots of people for many, many years, because it's a parable, and as you read it, the question comes into your mind, "Is God fair?"
Matthew chapter 20, verse 1 says this: "For the kingdom of heaven (Jesus said) is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour (which was 9:00 am) and saw others standing idle in the market place. And he said to them, you too, go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you. And so they went. Again he went out about the sixth hour (about noon) and the ninth hour (3:00 pm) and did the same thing and about the eleventh hour (5:00 pm) he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, Why have you been standing here idle all day long? They said to him, because no one hired us. He said to them, you, too, go out into the vineyard. And when evening had come (6 o'clock), the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first. And when those hired about the eleventh hour (at 5 pm) came, each one received a denarius. And when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, and they also received each one a denarius. And when they received it, they grumbled at the landowner, saying, these men have worked only one hour, and you have mad ...
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