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So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,

Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast 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 first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

-Matthew 20:8-16


from the list of his bankrupt employees and graciously pays all their debts for them. He is very wealthy and could pay for all of the seventy to eighty bankruptcies that were filed.

"However, he decides to pay for two each year to be gracious, but only two, to teach others that the consequences of sin are real and terrible.

"At first all of the workers at the plant felt that the owner was being very gracious to pay all the debts of two bankrupt employees; but over time, some started to grumble, 'Why doesn't he pay for more? Why only two? He could afford to pay for all of us.'

"Margaret, would this type of thinking and talking be fair toward the plant owner?"


"Why not?"

"Because the owner is under no obligation to pay for anyone's debt. He pays the two simply out of a desire to show mercy."

"Precisely, Margaret; and this same principle applies to God's electing grace. He is under no obligation to save any sinner. He decided not to save any fallen angel; He could have justly done the same for fallen mankind. We must recognize the depth of God's grace in saving some,


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