Parable of All Laborers Getting Paid the Same

Parable of All Laborers Getting Paid the Same

Dear Wisdom,

Please explain one of the more mysterious and seemingly unjust parables from Jesus:

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into 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 3rd hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 

Again he went out about the 6th and 9th hour, and did likewise. And about the 11th hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and said unto them, why stand ye here all day idle? They said unto him, because no man hath hired us. He said unto them, go ye also into the vineyard; and whatever is right, that shall ye receive. So when evening was come, the Lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the 1st. And when they came that were hired about the 11th hour, they received every man a penny. But when the 1st came, they suppose that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house saying, these last have wrought but one hour, and now has made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be 1st, and the 1st last: for many be called, but few chosen. –  Matthew 20:1–16

By the human way of thinking, each of the laborers received equal pay, regardless of the time spent laboring in the fields. This would make a Communist think that they are right… that we all deserve the same pay. Please explain the take-home lessons from this story. Thank YOU!

Care to comment, Wisdom?


This lesson was more for the soul then the human. It is saying no matter the journey a soul is on, God loves all spirits equally. It is difficult to teach soul lessons to a human. Most people think they are more important than the soul. No matter how late in life one becomes aware of the connection to God, the Most High’s love has never changed. It does not matter to God how long it takes to bond with their Creator.

People who comprehend at an early stage of their life become awake sooner to their real nature. Their lives have more meaning. Men who are chosen early to work for the day stop worrying and go with the employer. They are happy there is no more concern about getting money for the day.

Some are never chosen. Imagine that feeling of hopelessness. If they are chosen later in the day, there is more joy and they will work harder. A soul is waiting for the chance to be part of God’s helpers. They do not worry if they are chosen last. The Divine Lord knows when is the perfect time.

*Humans spend their life worrying about what is fair. They judge in order to protect self. This is for survival. The soul does not worry. They live forever. One can understand the meaning of this story when the human realizes the thrust of the plot is meant to bring hope to the people who think God does not love them because of flaws.

Notice how the employer treated all the same. There is another lesson which is: no one earns God’s love. It is the same unconditional love for all. Some might get to experience the joy of the connections sooner than those who come with baggage and think they can’t let go.

Know you meet God alone, ‘as is”. God waits patiently. 

            Thank you so much, Wisdom, for the insight.

            You are welcome our little blowhole.

Blowholes are found in rocks where water shoots through. Enough force needs to be behind the water to propel it through the opening. God’s love is the power. One is not expected to create the force.

Rely on the Creator for the energy. Man could never work enough to make the surge but with God, it is possible. Your job is to believe and work with the Divine Lord.

The outcome is a miracle.