1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
<b>In (Matt 19:16-24), Christ uses kingdom of heaven in verse 23 and then the phrase kingdom of God in verse 24 and uses the two interchangeably. Mark and Luke used “kingdom of God” where Matthew used “kingdom of heaven” quite frequently. indicating that the two are referring to the same kingdom. Christ is the door or the narrow gate (John 10:9, Matt 7:13) to God's kingdom. We enter the kingdom through Him,when we are born again into Christ, by the Holy Spirit (John 3:5) through His faith. Then by abiding in God's kingdom (John 15), which operates through the faith of Christ in sowing and reaping the word of God, which is God's way of doing and being right. We walk out of the worlds way of doing things, which is influenced and controlled by satan outside of Christ (Eph 2:2). The holy Spirit speaks to our human spirit and reveals Christ by the Word of God (John 14:26 amp.) If we are walking in the Holy Spirit, the word of God will arise into mind (Rom 12:2 amp, John 16:12-15 amp.)</b>
2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
<b>Here the kingdom of heaven is likened to a vineyard, symbolic of the vineyard or kingdom of God, who is the gardener and Christ who is the true vine in the garden(John 15:1 nlt.)</b>
3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
<b>Bystanders, indifferent or sitting on the fence, who were not prepared to commit to the vineyard (kingdom of heaven is likened to a God).</b>
5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
<b>Because no one has told us that we can be hired and gain entrance into the vineyard (kingdom of God). Then enter into the vineyard (kingdom of God) and whoever abides in the kingdom by seeking after God's way of doing, then (you shall receive) all these things shall be given to you (Matt 6:33 amp)</b>
8 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.
9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
12 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.
<b>We have remained in the vineyard (kingdom of God) for a long time and received persecution, we should receive more.</b>
13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
<b>It is not the length of time, the severity of persecution or the works by which we receive, but abiding in the vine and by doing so, bearing much fruit, by Which God is honoured (John 15:8).</b>
16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
<b>The word "chosen" does not mean that God chooses only a select few. Salvation is a free gift to everyone (Joh 3:16, Ro 10:13, Tit 2:11, and Re 22:17), but not everyone will be saved (Mt 7:13-14.) This is because some are not willing to repent (change their way and thinking) and receive salvation God's way (Ac 4:12). God calls all to repentance but those who choose, receive joy and gladness of full measure, complete and overflowing. (John 15:9-12).</b>
17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,
18 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,
19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.
20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
<b>(Mark 10:35) tells us that James and John were also participating in this request.
They Disregarded all that Jesus had just described and foretold about His death and crucifixion, and wanted equal seating with Jesus. This is driven by satan who continually wants to fulfill his ultimate desire whose heart is to sit as god, not only on earth, but also in heaven. (Is 14:12-15)</b>
22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
<b>James and John did not understand the extent of what they would face. They meant that they were able and willing to sit either side of Him. When Christ died in His greatest victory on the cross and redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, it was not the sons of Zebedee but two criminals who hung either side of Him (Matt 27:38).</b>
23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
<b>Jesus prophesied that the brothers would later suffer ministering the gospel. James was killed by sword (Ac 12:2) and John was exiled to the isle of Patmos (Re 1:9.)</b>
24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.
<b>These two blind men (Mark and Luke only mention the one of them, named Bartimaeus). Acknowledged that He was Lord and had supreme authority and was and is the Son of David, the promised Messiah (Psalm 132: 11 - 12.)</b>
31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.
<b>In spite of many objections for them to be silent, they shouted all the more. They were desperate and had faith that the Messiah could heal them.</b>
32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
<b>Jesus knew what they wanted, but wanted the word of faith to be spoken out by them.</b>
33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
<b>They had no doubt that Jesus was able to give them their sight. The their eyes, not heal them of their blindeness, but that their healed eyes would be open.</b>
34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
<b>Again Jesus states that 'your faith has healed you'. This displays that It was their faith in Jesus's ability to heal them, that caused them to be made whole. In effect they were connecting with the faith of Jesus and by faith, healing anointing flowed by the Holy Spirit and manifested in the natural as healing. The Anointing Breaks the Yoke (Is 10:27.)</b>