Questions & Answers Archive
The Parable of the Laborers
By Dr. Max D. Younce
Can you help me interpret the Parable of the Laborers in Matthew
Parables are not given to build doctrine upon, but to illustrate
spiritual and practical truth or truths. Every parable has one main
spiritual truth and some secondary applications. Do not make everything
in a parable mean something, or you will get yourself lost.
The owner of the vineyard needed workers. In the morning (about 6
a.m.), these workers would not work until they knew exactly what they
were going to get paid (Verse 2). In Verses 3,4 at the third hour (9
a.m.), the workers trusted the owner’s promise of "whatever is right I
will give you". In Verses 5-7 the owner secured laborers about the sixth
hour (noon), the ninth hour (3 p.m.) and the eleventh hour (5 p.m.) with
the same promise. Those who started about 6 a.m. and worked all day
would not have done so unless they were guaranteed a normal day’s wage.
Some Christians seem reluctant to go ahead and do things for the Lord
unless they see a pricetag of reimbursement before they start.
Personally, I want to serve the Lord because I love Him. I can
honestly say, He has always, without exception, overpaid me much more
than I deserve. I hope you feel the same. "Therefore, my beloved
brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of
the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the
Lord". (I Corinthians 15:58.)