Lesson

Matt. 20: Rewards in the Kingdom

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King Jesus rewards humility and faithfulness, not spectacular achievements

In today’s lesson we see:

  1. Parable of the laborers in the vineyard;
  2. Jesus makes the fourth and fifth announcements of His approaching death, while
  3. The mother of James and John requests the places on the right and left for her sons; and
  4. Jesus opens the eyes of two blind men along the roadside.

Chapter 20 of Matthew opens with the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, which is a continuation, begun in the last chapter, of Jesus’ remarks on rewards. This chapter brings to an end the section that seems to mark time in the movement in Matthew.

From this chapter on, the tempo of Matthew increases, and the Lord moves directly to the Cross. This chapter also makes an important contribution to filling in some more of the dark corners of the present state of the Kingdom of Heaven. The principle for giving rewards is stated in this parable:

Faithfulness to the task, rather than the amount of work done or the spectacular nature of the work, governs the giving of rewards.

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[pullquote_center width=”85%”]And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. (Matthew 20:17-19)[/pullquote_center]

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