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I love this parable. The labourers symbolize humans, so you and me and everyone else. The householder is God. Working in the vineyard represents being faithful to God in your lifetime. And the money symbolizes Heaven/God's Glory. The first group of people work for the whole day. So this means that the first group are faithful and obedient to god for their ...


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Jesus' message is a pretty simple one, although we can glean a deeper lesson from it by paying attention to every word in his message. In modern parlance, Jesus' message could be paraphrased, loosely, as follows: Get your own act together before criticizing someone else. A mote is a speck of dust. A beam is a log or a piece of lumber used in ...


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Context is important. Matthew 7:1-6 ESV Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck ...


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It's generally interpreted as a warning about the unexpected suddeness of the Lord's return. Just as you cannot know when you might be robbed, you also cannot know when the Second Coming will occur. Compare 1 Thessalonians 5 for a parallel warning by Paul. We can note that Paul compares "the Day of the Lord" (and not Jesus Himself) to the thief in the ...


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There are a number of views on these brothers and the specific meaning of this passage. We'll try to focus on just the brothers and not the passage, which has a long standing debate around whether it is even a parable or an actual account. First, we shouldn't be focused on there being five brothers. There are six. The man in torment has five brothers, ...


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These are three entirely unrelated passages. The first two do not explain or qualify the third. Matthew 19:30, which says that many who are first shall be last and the last shall be first, should be read in conjunction with the parable that follows, in which the householder paid first those who began their hire last, then paid those who began their hire ...


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Narnian's answer covers well the argument for this story being real and not a parable. I will attempt to cover the argument that it is a parable. The first thing to note is the parable's location among other parables and teachings. Luke 16, where the parable is found, is surrounded by other parables and teachings. It is not part of the historic sections of ...


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Although these are good answers about how God feels about judging, I think that there is a much more simpler truth to all this. Jesus is teaching us how difficult it is to judge properly. Comparing judging with eye surgery is very apropos. The only people that should judge is someone who can see clearly. The problem is that most of us lack in this ...


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Keep in mind that there is a difference between a parable and an allegory. In an allegory, there is a very close correspondence between each point of the story and the situation the author wishes to explain. If, for example, the story you point out from Luke were an allegory, then not only would the owner of the vineyard represent someone specific, but the ...


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I guess I take a slightly different view. To me, the parable of the workers in the vinyard in Matthew 21:1 ff. is about human attitudes about entitlement, than anything else. At the end of the day, settlement was made first with those who went out at the eleventh hour, and last with those who went out the first hour. When those who were engaged the 11th hour ...


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A possible answer to this parable can be found by looking at two passages. Matthew 19:27-30: "Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve ...



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