Day 9

The Vineyard Workers

from the The Parables of Jesus reading plan

Matthew 19:23-30, Matthew 20:1-16

BY She Reads Truth

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the meaning of the text and take to heart the “secrets of the kingdom.”

Editor’s Note: In this Parables study, Jesus Himself is telling us stories—stories He wants us to reflect on and process. Rather than asking our writers to write their own stories about Jesus’ stories, we thought it would serve you and the text better to provide questions to help you dig into the meaning of each day’s parable. If you find a parable or passage particularly confusing, stop and pray. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in His Word, and thank Him that we can know Him without knowing all the answers to our questions.


Week 2: Parables about Repentance and Grace

Stories about other people often reveal things to us about ourselves. This week’s selection of parables all deal with themes of repentance and grace, and in them we see that Jesus meant for His parables to stir the hearts of His hearers. As you read, let these parables serve as a kind of mirror, and ask what Jesus is showing you that you might not have otherwise seen. Use the questions below to help.


Day 9 Reading: Matthew 19:23-30, Matthew 20:1-16


1. This parable raises a question about the fairness of grace. Do you struggle when things seem unfair? Why? What does fairness look like to you?

2. What is the problem this particular parable is responding to, and what is the outcome of the story?

3. What is the central point of this parable?

4. What is your response to this parable?


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96 thoughts on "The Vineyard Workers"

  1. Stefanie . says:

    Fairness was created by the world where we think fairness is blessing a person by the judgement we’ve concluded of them. When PRAISE GOD He is not our version of fair, instead He is good and Just and instead of giving us all what we deserve by His right judgement of us He gave Jesus and we get to spend eternity in glory with our Father. The Gospel is not fair, if you really compare it to the world’s definition but man oh man praise Him for being so much greater for His unfair grace.

  2. Sophie Pellegrino says:

    This parable really hit home with me. I am a recovered anorexic and have recently fallen back into negative self image and a bad relationship with food. I am CONSTANTLY comparing myself to others and my previous self. Comparison honestly consumes my life. I’m always thinking “well yeah maybe she’s going through something hard but at least she’s skinny”, “maybe he has no friends but at least he gets to eat three times a day without feeling guilty about it”. I came to the conclusion a while back that comparison kills joy. Comparison truly blocks us from seeing our blessings and appreciating what we have. It’s one of the devils nasty tricks that leads to self pity and shame. Just like the first servant who still receives his denarius, he compared what he had done to what the last servant had done and was unsatisfied with what he had received. In the same way when I receive blessings I tend to be so caught up in comparison that I don’t even take time to enjoy what the Lord has given me. Let’s challenge each other here to stop comparing our blessings and our trials to those around us. Be grateful for what the Lord is doing in your life. I’m new to she reads truth & I’ve truly grown already so I thank all of you for being lights in this world. :)

    1. Brynn Byam says:

      Thank you for sharing your heart, Sophie. It meant a lot to me.

  3. Beatriz says:

    God just punched me in the face in the best way ever!

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