My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Matthew 20

First and last

God's heart can be seen as an employer who gets someone to work at the beginning of the day, and people to start work later in the day as he finds them. At the end of the day he pays the first worker a good amount, but gives the others the same.

The disciples argued about who would get top honours in heaven. Jesus said that it wasn't up to him, but that if you want to be first, you need to be the servant.

The crowd tried to shut up two blind people, but upon hearing what they wanted, Jesus healed them both.

Key verse:
16. So the last will be first, and the first will be last.

My thoughts:
What does this verse mean? I've always assumed it meant that we had to be last, then we'd be first. Maybe, in fact, it simply means that all people will be equal. We will all, collectively, be the first and the last. This seems to be the implications of the first pericope, yet not of the second.


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