Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16; Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-34

(If you cannot view this entire post just click on the title above.)


Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Workers Paid Equally

Matthew 20:1-16 (KJV) For 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.  And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.  And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?  They 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.  So 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.  And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.  10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 12 Saying, 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.  13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?  14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.  15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?  16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.


1. To what did Jesus compare the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 20:1)?

2. What was the agreed upon wages for the first laborers (Matthew 20:2)?

3. What was the wages for the last ones hired (Matthew 20:8-9)?

4. Whose right was it determine the wages (Matthew 20:15)?


1. Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to a man who hired workers for his vineyard.

2. The first laborers were told they would receive a penny a day.

3. The laborers hired last also received a penny.

4. It was the landowners right to choose the amount paid to each worker.

Jesus Predicts His Death The Third Time

Matthew 20:17-19 (KJV) 17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, 18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, 19 And shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him: and the third day He shall rise again.

Mark 10:32-34 (KJV) 32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And He took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto Him, 33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles: 34 And they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him: and the third day He shall rise again.

Luke 18:31-34 (KJV) 31 Then Jesus took unto Him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.  32 For He shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33 And they shall scourge Him, and put Him to death: and the third day He shall rise again.  34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.


1. Where were Jesus and the twelve disciples going (Matthew 20:17; Mark 10:32; Luke 18:31)?

2. Who was going to condemn Jesus to death (Matthew 20:18; Mark 10:33)?

3.To whom was Jesus going to be handed over/delivered (Matthew 20:19; Mark 10:33; Luke 18:32)?

4. What was going to be done to Jesus by the Gentiles (Matthew 20:19; Mark 10:34; Luke 18:32-33)?

5. What was going to happen on the third day (Matthew 10:19; Mark 10:34; Luke 18:33)?


1. Jesus and the twelve disciples were going to Jerusalem.

2.The chief priests and the scribes were going to condemn Jesus to death.

3. Jesus was going to be delivered to the Gentiles.

4. The Gentiles were going to mock, spitefully entreat, scourge, spit upon, crucify and kill Jesus.

5. On the third day Jesus would rise again.


Luke 18:34 (KJV) And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.


What do you believe wasn’t understood?  Perhaps though Jesus spoke plainly, the disciples could not grasp the significance of Jesus’ words until they saw the risen Christ face to face.


Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) But Jesus was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.


Isaiah is an Old Testament book yet it reveals to us Jesus’ future even before His human birth.  Are we loving and living as if we believe and value what Jesus did for us.   


Are we sharing with others the wonderful life God has for them?


Lord, thank You for sacrificing Your life to give us life (Matthew 20:18-19).  Lord, thank You for leading the way for us (Mark 10:32).  Lord, thank You making Your plan clear to us (Luke 18:34).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.


“May you and I live our life according to God’s plan.” <>< Dona