Task 9: Thesis Statement
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard is a story that teaches us about the love of God and how He rewards people based on the opportunities He provides. Regarding humanity and God, the story teaches that the way people think is not the same to what God plans and how He rewards people. It also means that those that see themselves as more deserving from human eyes in the Kingdom of God due to their good actions and deeds would be surprised because God’s grace works differently.
In this way, the story is similar to the parable of the lost sheep “The shepherd leaves the 99 others and searches high and low for the lost sheep” (Matthew 18: 10-14
The story also teaches people to be welcoming. Matthew 20: 1-16 looks at how God does not look at the deeds or physical appearance of an individual and that “The last will be first and the first will be last.”
Matthew 20: 1-16 looks at God’s graciousness and how he rewards people with unmerited favor, similar to the parable of the wedding feast that is about the universalism of God and how the Kingdom of God is open to everybody. “…So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.” Matthew 22: 9-10
The theme of the story from the parable of the workers in the vineyard is how Christians have a tendency to covet and also show resentfulness of what God gives others and how he rewards people using measures that are not conventional to human ways. The point of the graciousness of God is that no one is deserving of His mercy and grace.
Matthew 20: 1-16 reveals the graciousness of God and how he uses unmerited grace and mercy to reward people through the rewarding of those that came last first, equaling opportunities for people, and accepting to overlook the physical deeds and actions of people in His actions.