Matthew 20:6-10

Mat 20:6 (KJB)
And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

Then the householder went back to the marketplace one more time at 5:00 PM which was the eleventh hour. (John 11:9 KJV) Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. There were twelve hours in the workday so he finds these men standing around idle. Apparently they had just shown up and were looking for even a partial dayís work and were standing idle. Then the householder asks them why they are standing around idle? Maybe he had left word with someone in the marketplace to send any more laborers that come through to his vineyard and no one showed up and maybe that is why he questioned them and not the former groups. This brings up a scenario which we see today. The harvest truly is great but the workers are few and this is evidenced by the fact that the man had to keep coming back to the marketplace multiple times to find workers.

Mat 20:7 (KJB)
They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

This group of men had responded stating that no man had hired them. They were willing and able to work but had no job offers. So the householder tells them to go into the vineyard and here too, this group is told that they will receive the compensation which is right, so they went into the vineyard to work for the final hour of this day.

Mat 20:8 (KJB)
So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

(Deu 24:15 KJV) At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee. According to the law of Moses, when a person works for someone else, they are to receive their compensation at the end of the day, not the week. Then the master of the vineyard tells his steward to begin the payment of the laborers but instead of starting with those who were first on the job, he was to start with those who were the last ones to be hired.

Mat 20:9 (KJB)
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

Then those who were hired at the eleventh hour stepped forward and they received their wages which was one penny or denarius. They had received what the first group had agreed upon for their wages.

Mat 20:10 (KJB)
But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

So likewise each group had stepped forward to receive their days wages and then the first group stepped forth. They had believed that since they had worked the longest, they should be entitled to more than the other workers. This first group had forgotten one major thing, they had agreed with the householder for one penny and no more. Maybe if they would have agreed like the rest of the workers to accept what is right, then maybe the householder would have given them a bonus. This is the same situation with those believers who will work for God but under certain conditions. What they do is limit the blessing of God in their own lives. Or this is like ministries who sell the gospel in the forms of books or tapes, so they are limited to the income of the price of the tapes and books. If they would give them away, then God would bring in more working capital because there is a faith element here, but the faith element is missing when a certain price for a book or tape is requested. The reality is that if you charge $5 for a tape or CD, donít expect more than $5.

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