Is the Lord fair?

Matthew Bible Background

01.29.2018 – New Testament: Matt 20.8–10

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 20.1–16 on January 29, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord spoke a parable of workers who all received the same wage, but who did not work the same amount of hours. At pay time, the ones who worked the most, after seeing what the others received, expected to receive more than the agreed upon amount,

“So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius” (Matthew 20.8–10).

They quickly believed that the employer was not fair, but they had agreed with him on what their pay would be. He was totally fair.

If you make an agreement with someone, do not expect more from him than what you both have agreed would be the amount.


  • Do you base your employment thinking on the word of God or upon the world?
  • Have you been happy with one thing, but when you saw someone else with something better, did you suddenly become discontented?

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