the Time - Part 4
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V. 3 (Cont'd.)
** Where does God find us?
In the same place doing the same thing! When it comes to doing the
work of the kingdom of heaven, we were doing nothing for the Lord, when
He reached down and saved us by His grace, letting us become His workers
in the "vineyard". cf. Proverbs 19:15-16
V. 4 ** When he hires this new group, what does he agree to pay
"...whatever is right I will give you..."
** How do you know that these workers trusted the landowner?
"And so they went". They took the landowner at his
word, knowing that he would pay them a fair wage, and went into the
vineyard to labor. It is important to realize that they did not fully
understand what they would receive as a reward for their labor. That
is a direct parallel to us, we too do not fully understand what we shall
receive, but trust the Lord for our future.
cf. 1John 3:2, 1Corinthians 2:9
V. 5 ** Does the landowner stop offering opportunities for work,
since the day in nearly half gone?
Absolutely not! He continues to call for workers in the sixth and
ninth hours of the day.
V. 6 ** How late in the day is he willing to offer work to the
downtrodden of the world?
Right up to the last hour! "And about the eleventh hour he went
** What question does he ask of them?
"Why have you been standing here idle all day long?"
V. 7 ** What is their answer?
"Because no one hired us".
** Did the fact that no one else wanted these folks discourage the landowner
from hiring them?
No, he said, "You too go into the vineyard".
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