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Redeeming the Time - Part 4

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V. 8 ** What time was the end of the Jewish work day?

When evening had come, 6:00 pm, a 12 hour workday!

** What did the landowner do?

Exactly what Leviticus 19:13 had told him to do, he called his laborers to himself for payment.

** What unusual thing does the landowner ask his foreman to do, relative to the order of payment?

He instructs him to pay "the last group" first.

V. 9 ** What rather shocking payment did those who had only worked for one hour receive?

A denarius - a whole days pay for a trained Roman soldier, rather amazing for an unskilled laborer who only put in one hour's work.

V.10 ** While the text does not tell us, it is implied that those who had been hired in the third, sixth and
ninth hours all received the same denarius. What impact did that have on those who had worked all day
long?

They thought that they would surely receive more, having out worked all of the others.

** What did they receive?

The exact same wage, one denarius!

V.11 ** How did they receive it?

With "grumbling", directed at the landowner. They were trying to publicly dishonor the one who had graciously given them work to do, as well as a very generous wage.

V.12 ** What was their complaint?

"These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day."

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