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Redeeming the Time - Part 4

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V.29 (cont'd.)

** What about our role, what will we be doing during His 1000 year reign on earth?

The same thing as the disciples, only ours will be relative to the rest of the world outside of the
nation of Israel. cf. Revelation 2:26, 3:21

V.30 ** What statement does Jesus now make to eliminate any envy or petty jealousy among Christians?

"But many who are first will be last; and the last, first." This "jealousy" proves to be the next
characteristic which can divide the body of Christ.

Chapter 20 -

V. 1 ** We know that the disciples did not understand this statement and so did Jesus, so He now launches into a parable that will explain what He meant. What is being compared in the parable before us?

"...the kingdom of heaven...." and "...a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard."

** As this parable develops, let's see the significance of each component. To begin with, why do you suppose that Jesus used the setting of a vineyard?

He was comparing the landowner (God) and his vineyard (the kingdom of heaven) to everyday things that the disciples could understand. cf. John 15:1-8

** When did the landowner go out to look for workers?

"...early in the morning..." This would be at the start of the work day, 6:00 am in Jewish custom.

V. 2 ** What salary did the landowner agree to pay the hired laborers?

"...for a denarius..." This was the daily wage of a Roman soldier and as such it was good pay for these workers. They were the unskilled, desperate, poor and downtrodden of their day. God has a particular concern for such as these. All see - Leviticus 19:13 and Deuteronomy 24:14-15

V. 3 ** What happens at 9:00 am to this little group?

It gets bigger! The landowner finds others standing idle in the market place.

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