Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard

October 1, 2009Danwize 1 Comment »

The Laborers in the Vineyard (vs 1-16)

This parable is just one more example of the beautiful symbolism the Savior uses to teach about His atonement.  After telling the rich young man that he must sell all he hath and give to the poor in the previous chapter, the following exchange takes place:

24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a arich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 aBut Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are bpossible.
27 ¶ Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the aregeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, bjudging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And every one that hath aforsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my bname’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit ceverlasting life.

In a gentle rebuke to Peter, the Savior tells the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard.  Peter may have mistakenly felt that because if his status and work as an apostle of the Lord, he was entitled to something more than others who may have entered the fold later in there lives and may not have done as many great works as he had.

What a great comfort and joy it is to know that through the Saviors atonement, all things are possible.  Even the vilest sinner that begins to labor in the Lord’s work will receive the same reward as those who have labored all  their lives for the Lord.  The Lord has promised eternal life to all who repent and come unto Him!!  By the Grace of God this is possible.

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