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Rembrandt - Parable of the Laborers in the VineyardLast week I was trying to stuff a camel through a needle’s eye – but it didn’t work.

Do you think maybe I could get my treats to go through?

I mean, heaven wouldn’t be heaven without treats.

Okay, I’ll listen to the story.

But I hope there’s treats in it.

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Jesus said, “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.”

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How many treats does a denarius buy?

I am listening.

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“About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.”

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Maybe he was going to pay them in treats.

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“He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’”

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I bet if someone offered them treats they’d work for them.

How much listening do I have to do? Give me a treat first.

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“’Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’”

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That man must have had a lot of treats to pay with.

What do you mean, vineyards have grapes and dogs aren’t supposed to eat them?

No fair!

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“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’”

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I think I’ll wait and hang out with those first workers – after they get paid, that is.

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“The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When the received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’”

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I bet those grumbly guys won’t even buy me any treats. I think I’ll go hang out with an eleventh hour guy.

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“But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am so generous?’”

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Now I know who I’m going to hang out with. I think I like that landowner.

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Then Jesus said, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

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Okay, I’m getting in line last – I mean first.

I mean – I don’t know what I mean. I’m all confused.

Which way are the treats?

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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