Parable of the Laborers
Jesus addresses his disciples and gives them the Parable of the Laborers:
The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man that hired laborers, who he agreed to pay 1 penny per day. Three hours after the original laborers had started the work, he found more idle workers in the market place and agreed to pay them 1 penny per day for their labor. Into the 6th hour he finds more laborers and gives them the offer for 1 penny per day for their labor. Then finally in the 11th hour he finds more laborers and offers them the same deal, 1 penny per day for their labor.
At the end of the day the man tells the steward to call the laborers and give them their pay for their labors of that day, from last to the first. Each laborer received 1 penny for their laborers, which caused the laborers who had worked longer to murmur against the man of the house. The man of the house explains to one of the murmuring laborers; “…Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?” (Matthew 20:13)
Even though the workers were murmuring the man of the house had made a deal with them and was being fair according to the deal that he made with each individual laborer. The man of the vineyard asks the laborer who was murmuring; “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen” (Matthew 20:15-16)
Jesus then addresses the group gathered and foretells about his crucifixion and resurrection. “…the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
John: More than a Prophet
Jesus departs to go and teach His gospel throughout the surrounding cities. John the Baptist, who is now in prison, hears of Jesus and sends his disciples to learn of him. The disciples of John reach Jesus and ask Him if He is the one that was spoken of in ancient times. Jesus tells them that He is the one and to relay a message back to John; “For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there’re hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist…” (Matthew 11:11)
Jesus tells the multitudes that all shall come unto him; “…all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
I would like to thank you for your constant support by reading “Zach’s Scripture Study”. On January 1, 2012 I started to read the Old Testament, while writing about what I read. This journey took me a total of 1 year and almost 11 months. So very close to 2 YEARS to complete the Old Testament. I was fairly consistent with reading 2 chapters per day, but of course missed a few days here and there.
This journey created “ZachScriptureStudy.com” and has created the start to my scripture commentary with a printed version of 471 pages of commentary and summary of the Old Testament and its 39 books!
The journey is NOT OVER! Starting tomorrow; Monday October 21, 2013 I will do the same thing with the New Testament. This time you can expect 1 chapter per day of summary, commentary and scripture links, all with an LDS look on the Bible. Scripture references and commentary on all books of the New Testament can be linked to any part of the LDS Cannon of scriptures. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and as always, comments and questions are encouraged and treated with seriousness.