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September 12, 2011



The kingdom of heaven is the point of the parable. Since Jesus has said His kingdom is not of this world I do not see how this can be a communist manifesto. Yes throughout time man has imagined he deserves more than other men. In fact if man got what he deserved he would be burning in hell. So even if one imagines he has earned his daily bread and thinks he deserves more from God than he is getting he ought to be made aware that the Gospel runs over. If you insist on measuring you are insisting on the law and if you want to try to make it by the law you will always fail. So do not be jealous of the gifts that God gives to others, do not think you need different or more gifts, bloom where God has planted you.

John Petty

He said that in John. This is Matthew.

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Thanks for highlighting the two possible interpretations. Perhaps Hendricks' interpretation could be more earnestly accepted if one thinks about they way Jesus sometimes uses "if... then..." (As in, "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, [then] will he not much more clothe you..." Matt. 6:30) So, then, if even this wicked landowner - who has no regard for justice or workers rights - can show mercy to the workers, how much more so will God show mercy to you...

John Petty

That's a good point, Brian, and thanks.

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