September 28, 2017 [email protected] 0Comment

For everyone who read the previous post on the desire to be great, I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your day and allowing me to plant seed. Today I wish to dig a little bit deeper into this parable or account of history that took place in Jesus Christ journey to Calvary. Most people know of this account as the “Sons of Thunder”. But I’d like to go a little deeper into the text, and also start from the beginning of chapter 20 of Mathew.

FOR THE kingdom of heaven is like the owner of an estate who went out in the morning along with the dawn to hire workmen for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. (Matthew 20:1, 2 AMP)

We automatically assume that the owner is none other than the Father. But if we look closer we see that the owner is one who is of authority and power. He hires labor to do the work for him. This scripture reminds me of the last verse in the parable of the 10 talents; “being a Master who reaps where he does not sow”. The other perspective is that the owner is one of wealth. Owning a vineyard takes work and is a expensive business that takes time before a positive ROI is generated.

The owner is willing to pay for the services of the workers instead of using slaves.
Definition: A denarius (plural denarii) is an ancient Roman coin made of silver. It was originally equal to 10 asses, hence its name, although its value and silver content decreased through the centuries of Rome’s existance. The denarius was struck from approximately 211 BC to 270 AD. Basically put, it was the currency during the day of Rome. A perspective of economics shows that the great expansion of Rome and her currency ultimately led to her demise.

About Denarius

The denarius is believed by scholars to have been a Roman soldier’s daily pay.

If a denarii was a solider’s daily pay, then working as a vineyard keeper was viewed as less remarkable. This also would mean that even in all the glory that a Roman solider received, putting his life on the line for his country. That a vineyard keeper would make just as much, putting both classes of people on the same monetary level. A person may also view this as the owner of the vineyard willingly paying over the amount for a vineyard keeper. But why??

It appears that this owner is quite generous. Here is an idea what one could do with Denarii;

Farm labourer with meals = 25 Denarii/year
Painter of walls with meals = 75 Denarii/year
Painter of pictures with meals = 160 Denarii/year
Camel driver or donkey driver = 25 Denarii/year
Barber per man = 2 Denarii/year
Bath attendant per bather = 2 Denarii/year

Labor Chart

So in that perspective it makes you think,this owner is one who is truly gracious. For a male a yearly amount of grain needed to survive was 60 Modii. 1 Denarius bought you 1 Modii of grain which equaled to 2.37 gallons{9 liters} of meal(food).

Let’s continue this scripture;

And going out about the third hour (nine o’clock), he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; And he said to them, You go also into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will pay you. And they went. He went out again about the sixth hour (noon), and the ninth hour (three o’clock) he did the same. (Matthew 20:3-5 AMP)

Looks like he’s giving jobs to those who desire to work. Hmmm… Blessings to those who seek?

And about the eleventh hour (five o’clock) he went out and found still others standing around, and said to them, Why do you stand here idle all day? They answered him, Because nobody has hired us. He told them, You go out into the vineyard also and you will get whatever is just and fair. (Matthew 20:6, 7 AMP)

The key that stood out to me was; “whatsoever is fair”.

Let us dig deeper into this one in our next part of Mathew Chapter 20.

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