|Daniel Gabriel Rossetti|
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
The workday ended at 6. It was divided into 4 3-hour increments from 6 to 6. The workers were desperate enough to continue waiting for work near the end of the workday.
NIV The main point is the sovereign graciousness and generosity of God extended to latecomers (the poor and the outcasts) into God’s kingdom. It is addressed to the grumblers who just cannot handle this amazing expression of God’s grace. They almost certainly represent the religious leaders who opposed Jesus.
Jesus is affirming that God’s generosity is more abundant than anyone would expect. All the workers except the first got more than they deserved.