It Is Not Ridiculous (Matthew 20:1-16)

Pastor Aaron Ude, September 17, 2017
Part of the Sunday Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Have you ever said something ridiculous like "I would rather die than root for the Vikings"? I am sure we all have. It is hyperbole, exaggeration for a point. When we hear and when the original audience of this parable hear it, we might be tempted to think it is hyperbole. It is exaggeration, It is ridiculous that someone could owe such a great debt. It is ridiculous that anyone would be gracious enough to forgive such a debt. And that it is ridiculous that a person could be so hardhearted to another human being who was in debt to him so little when he was forgiven such a great debt. Yet here is the point of the parable. None of those things are ridiculous. They are all true. (You can down load the whole sermon for free by clicking on the title above which will take you to our sermon page or you can watch it by going to our YouTube channel . The link for that is on the right.)

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Matthew 20:1-16

1For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 2And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 5Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. 6And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 7They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. 8So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 9And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 12Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 14Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? 16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. (KJV)

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