I’m hoping that this post will inspire, enlighten and strengthen others spiritually so that you will obtain your manifested glory that is within you.
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, Call the workmen and pay them their wages, beginning with the last and ending with the first. [Lev. 19:13; Deut. 24:15.] (Matthew 20:8 AMP)
So it appears that this owner is of his word. He is willing to pay his workers just as he agreed. (Side note: I have a contracted worker for my company that periodically does work for business. He and I have built a good relationship and periodically share our faith. He told me of an old Islamic principle; “be good to your workers and pay them first, for their heart will grow cold quickly”
In the scripture above you notice that the owner chose to have everyone paid in a certain order. I believe this is a key factor in this particular parable. You see for one; in this society and age, receiving wages in this form is considered very common in their society. Today we have a check handed or mailed to us in a concealed envelope disclosing our pay check and amount. We also recover direct deposit if a company allows it, although these are convenient, they are also very confidential. But in the text, their wages are given in a line, this line is sorted from “least” experience working hand to “most” experienced working hand. So not only are they ranked in order of experience but also ranked in order of input or exerted effort.
Now why is the order important? (We will find out the reason of the order in the next few verses)
And those who had been hired at the eleventh hour (five o’clock) came and received a denarius each. Now when the first came, they supposed they would get more, but each of them also received a denarius. And when they received it, they grumbled at the owner of the estate, Saying, These [men] who came last worked no more than an hour, and yet you have made them rank with us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day. (Matthew 20:9-12 AMP)
Let us further dive into this on the next blog.