Equality and God’s impartiality

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers 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 you 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 said unto them, Why stand you here all the day idle? They said unto him, Because no man has hired us. He said unto them, Go you also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall you receive.

So when evening came, the lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, Call the laborers, 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. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the owner of the house, Saying, These last have worked but one hour, and you have made them equal unto us, who have borne the burden and heat of the day.

But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do you no wrong: did not you agree with me for a penny? Take what is yours, and go your way: I will give unto this last, even as unto you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called, but few chosen.
Matthew 20:1-16

It’s not an easy parable to fully grasp at first glance.

And when they had received it, they murmured against the owner of the house, Saying, These last have worked but one hour, and you have made them equal unto us, who have borne the burden and heat of the day. Vs. 11-12

Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good? Vs. 15

Here is the crux of the matter: Certain of these called ones have a problem with God’s judgment, and they are scandalized by the fact that God treats everyone the same, without partiality. They accuse God, saying, you have made them equal unto us, as if God is doing something wrong by making everyone equal.

You would be amazed how many Christians today do not believe in true equality among the members of the body of Christ – they either idolize heroes, or they feel inferior to the supposedly superior ones.

The point is, the terms are the same for all. Every called one must accept God’s terms.

Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own?

Jesus is saying that they are accusing God of being unjust for doing what HE chooses to do, rather than what they think He should do. You would be amazed how many “Christians” call God’s choices and judgments into question and put Him in the dock.

When people are called, and yet don’t like God’s terms – they disagree with His will and word, then, Jesus concludes the matter by saying that many are called, but few are chosen. The ones who cannot accept God’s judgment shall be last. They may not even be counted among the chosen. They were called but not chosen.

So there is a calling and there is a choosing by God: many get called by God, but out of this great number He calls, He chooses a few of them.

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