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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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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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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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"Great Faith" is earned through lessons and hard work Jesus was teaching them to do their duty first before they could start doing great things on their own. You cannot have great faith in a short time. It is through mistakes, trials, temptations and experience that faith is earned. It take years of experience in ministry that a man of God can have strong ...


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Increase our Faith! = Make it Easier! (or Lighten the Burden!) Just before the parable, Jesus says (paraphrasing, for brevity) Don't be a stumbling block...or else! Rebuke and forgive your brothers. Forgive a brother even if he continually sins against you. The disciples' response is, "Increase our faith!" (πιστις 4102, "trust" "belief" "conviction") ...


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The defining characteristic about the path is that it is hard, like a sidewalk or road. People represented by the path are hard-hearted. Their hearts are not receptive to the word. They are the people described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1-3. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB) But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are ...


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This is a parable (an earthly representation of a Heavenly concept) not an actual event. Jesus told us many times that we cannot expect God to forgive us our sins unless we also forgive others for the wrongs they do to us. All scripture is quoted from the King James version. Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. ...


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The Kingdom of God is NOT EXACTLY a place in every parable that has this line. It is the reign or kingship of God, God who rules, rather than a place where God rules. The Parable of the Mustard Seed signifies the kingdom/reign of God's sudden and surprising transformation from its almost invisible beginning to its full grandeur. It's described to be dynamic ...


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They are members of Dives family. Their names are not significant details. The point is simple enough- Dives doesn't want his family to end up in the torment he is in. I have little doubt that Gregory of Nyssa has an analogical meaning for them, but that would be the opinion of one man only. There is no consensus or tradition around them.


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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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