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The Kings Wages

Matthew 20:8 When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.'

Life on earth for most of us is troubling and difficult, Moses after living many long years was moved to say:

Ps.90:9 For all our days have passed away in your wrath. We bring our years to an end as a sigh. 90:10 The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years; yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for it passes quickly, and we fly away.

No matter who we are from the small to the great soon or later we will, or have, experienced Moses words in our lives. It is as if, God's wrath is upon mankind no matter how hard they work in this life, trouble and sorrow follow us throughout life until we go back to ground from which we come.

Ecclesiastes 8:17 then I saw all the work of God, that man can't find out the work that is done under the sun, because however much a man labors to seek it out, yet he won't find it. Yes even though a wise man thinks he can comprehend it, he won't be able to find it.

The Kings Wages

The reality of life on earth is much like a King that calls his servants before him on judgment day. Each one tells the King what he has done to earn life. The first, stood before the king and recounted all he has done for the king and neighbor when finished the king says:

“Collect your wages, the servant ask: ' what are they Lord?' The King says the wages of sin is death, collect your wages.” And so each one coming before him is given the same wages from the least to the greatest, until the least of all of them stands before the king.

The king ask him the same question, but he refuses to open his mouth, finally the king commands him to speak, and the humble slave says:

“Give me the wages of all others for I am the least worthy of all deserving no better judgment my Lord.”

Then the king said: “Go free, I have paid your wages, you have prove more righteous than all the rest!”

Luke.18:9 He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.
18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.
18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
18:12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.'
18:13 But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

What are the wages for all our hard work on earth have you thought of that truth found in each one of our bibles? Well, Moses stated above of how death works in each one of us from sin we were born into. All human ever born receive the wages of sin, and the good and bad of this life.

Gen.3:16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth. In pain you will bring forth children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."
3:17 To Adam he said, "Because you have listened to your wife's voice, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
3:18 Thorns also and thistles will it bring forth to you; and you will eat the herb of the field.
3:19 By the sweat of your face will you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Vanity of Works of Law

Although, some might think the allegory above about the kings wages is harsh it is nonetheless the truth of life on this earth for each one of us. The law from the king stated by Jehovah God was from the beginning of sin entering into our world, and it has never changed rather we understand it or not?

Ecclesiastes 7:13 Consider the work of God, for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?

Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my mind to every work that is done under the sun. There is a time in which one man has power over another to his hurt.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

Religion has in its own confusion set up a system of works done in the name of God that pays off the debt for the wages of sin. Yet, with very little effort we can with just a simple understanding of God's word the bible find that we cannot pay off the debt for our sin. So our hard works, if that is true, is vanity, and a pointless effort that buys us nothing but the wages for sin in the end.

Romans 5:15 But the free gift isn't like the trespass. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.

By simply looking at the human race the truth should be shown us that each person has or will collect their wages at some point in their life, which is death, and let us not forget? We receive also the good and bad that goes with a life of being sold into sin from Adam.

Ecclesiastes 7:16 Don't be overly righteous, neither make yourself overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

Ecclesiastes 7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth, who does good and doesn't sin.

Ecclesiastes 9:2 All things come alike to all. There is one event to the righteous and to the wicked; to the good, to the clean, to the unclean, to him who sacrifices, and to him who doesn't sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; he who takes an oath, as he who fears an oath.

Impartial God

So many of us boast in being impartial, but few of us really are, because we are sinners. God is not a sinner or has he ever been a sinner so his judgment are true and applied the same to all. Now let us clarify this point? There are many that have studied their bibles who are quick to point out certain judgments God made in king David's life, and other prominent figures of their bibles that seems God had two standards, one for them, and one for the normal person in Israel?

Levitius 19:15 "'You shall do no injustice in judgment: you shall not be partial to the poor, nor show favoritism to the great; but you shall judge your neighbor in righteousness.

Luke 20:21 They asked him, "Teacher, we know that you say and teach what is right, and aren't partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God.

Once we step out of the big picture of the wages of sin, and get into details like lawyers of the laws looking for away to get our client off from the prosecution of the law, we forget that all of us small and great receive the same wages for sin, death. It is much like in the parable Christ spoke about wages that outraged those who considered themselves as deserving of more than others that came late to entered into the work of the master:

Matt.20:1 "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 20:2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius{A denarius is a silver Roman coin worth 1/25th of a Roman aureus. This was a common wage for a day of farm labor.} a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 He went out about the third hour,{Time was measured from sunrise to sunset, so the third hour would be about 9:00 AM.} and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.
20:4 To them he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went their way. 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour,{noon and 3:00 P. M.} and did likewise. 20:6 About the eleventh hour{5:00 PM} he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?' 20:7 "They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' "He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.' 20:8 When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.'
20:9 "When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.
20:10 When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius. 20:11 When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, 20:12 saying, 'These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!'
20:13 "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a denarius? 20:14 Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you. 20:15 Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'
20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."

The wages sin pays is death, David, Moses, and Daniel all paid the price for the wages of sin. None, not one, could or had worked their way out of God first judgment until this day.

If God so chose different judgments within this life under death from sin, for the good of his people or for whatever purpose, we have lost nothing, nor have we gained anything when it comes to the wages of sin. Nor did they, it simply a matter of human sin and unrighteousness that we think we can judge God, in whom is our rightful judges as the king!

Luke 19:22 "He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn't lay down, and reaping that which I didn't sow.

The Gift of God

Have you noted in your bible that God says we are given the gift of life, He does not say: “here is your deserved wages for your hard works the gift of life.” Only one slave in the parable above out of many understood what so few of us understand that a gift is given not because of works, but because of another kindness towards us. Not because we worked real hard, and/or harder than the next guy, but because of our humility!

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time;

Psalms 10:17 Yahweh, you have heard the desire of the humble. You will prepare their heart. You will cause your ear to hear,

Psalms 22:26 The humble shall eat and be satisfied. They shall praise Yahweh who seek after him. Let your hearts live forever.

We may also noted the troubled life Moses himself spoke of on earth under the power of sins, what it was that causes us so many more problems, did you noted it? Pride! What is pride? Well, it is not that we deserved more because of our accomplishment? Have we not each one of us told God that exact thing when other wrong us, humiliating us?

James 1:16 Don't be deceived, my beloved brothers.
1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow. 1:18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. 1:19 So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; 1:20 for the anger of man doesn't produce the righteousness of God.

So many hard working Christian's can't imagine they cannot earn the wages of life, by doing works for God. Sadly, it never dawn on them the gift of life was already given them before they did anything for God, but humble themselves and love God.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:16 The gift is not as through one who sinned: for the judgment came by one to condemnation, but the free gift came of many trespasses to justification.

Luke 6:37 Don't judge, and you won't be judged. Don't condemn, and you won't be condemned. Set free, and you will be set free.

God unlike humans never ask us to earn life, not when we are born, or if we are born again into a spirit world of Christ Kingdom. The false thought is that we are given life, and that we are showing how much we respect God by living a good and proper life. But let us remember this point, we were given the gift of life first, not last, we cannot earn something that was already given us as a gift. We can live in the gift, but we cannot boast that we are more deserving of it than the lowest of mankind.

Luke 7:36 One of the Pharisees invited him to eat with him. He entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat at the table.
7:37 Behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that he was reclining in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of ointment.
7:38 Standing behind at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, that she is a sinner."
7:40 Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." He said, "Teacher, say on."
7:41 "A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
7:42 When they couldn't pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?"
7:43 Simon answered, "He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most." He said to him, "You have judged correctly."
7:44 Turning to the woman, he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head.
7:45 You gave me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet.
7:46 You didn't anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."
7:48 He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
7:49 Those who sat at the table with him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"
7:50 He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

We can and do impute evil to others that do evil things, and we might even imagine that we are in a better position with God in showing more respect to God and his word, but still we did not earn the gift of life.

Titus.3:1 Remind them to be in subjection to rulers and to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,
3:2 to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men.
3:3 For we were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
3:4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love toward mankind appeared,
3:5 not by works of righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
3:6 whom he poured out on us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior;
3:7 that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The Martyr Syndrome

Christ Jesus was martyr as were many of God's prophets, but did their martyrdom give them the free gift of life? Those incensed over their wages for slaving a whole day in the hot Sun while other only worked a few hours Christ states the truth about the gifts of God.

Ephesians 2:8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Some conclude their life is of greater worth to God and mankind because of their suffering on earth, which is a martyr syndrome and they are not shy in letting others know all they have given and done for them in that suffering.
In other words, if one does not appreciate their suffering they are sinning against God, but does such suffering give them more of a gift than ones who suffer little for their faith.

1 Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours.

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you different? And what do you have that you didn't receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

The gift of God, was Christ Jesus life, his precious sinless blood that must be given to redeem us from the wages of sin death. Lets put it this way, no person before Christ, but Adam for a short period of time could say: “I because of my works without sin can please God without violating his righteousness. My works our God's works because I do his righteousness without sin”.

In other words, Christ did not feel the effects of death working in him or the troubles all of us are born into because he was sinless like Adam. Adam was not created to suffer in sorrow, tears or death. Neither was Christ, but he did, because God made him through his anointing made him into the likeness of sin for us, so he could as our king deal with us moderately.

Rom.8:3 For what the law couldn't do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh;

Heb. 5:5 So also Christ didn't glorify himself to be made a high priest, but it was he who said to him, "You are my Son. Today I have become your father."{Psalm 2:7}

5:6 As he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek."{Psalm 110:4}
5:7 He, in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear,
5:8 though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered.
5:9 Having been made perfect, he became to all of those who obey him the author of eternal salvation,

That is the truth of martyrdom when Christ freely gave us his life, to be humiliated made into the likeness of sin, removing his judgment as someone despised of God, made sick by God, rejected from this world by judgment of sinners. Not because people did not respect him as a Carpenter, or a man, or as a decent of David. No! The suffering Christ went through was not know by the eyes of the flesh, as a whole.

Isa.53:1 Who has believed our message? To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
53:2 For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form nor comeliness. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
53:3 He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn't respect him.
53:4 Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted.
53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.
53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
53:7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn't open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn't open his mouth.
53:8 He was taken away by oppression and judgment; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
53:9 They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
53:10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him. He has caused him to suffer. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed. He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand.
53:11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light{So read the Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint. Masoretic Text omits "the light".} and be satisfied. My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself; and he will bear their iniquities.
53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Christ suffered to give us a free gift of his life, why? Because the Father of Christ commanded him to do so. Christ loved for his Father allowed himself to be offered up like Abraham offered up Isaac on the altar to God. Christ had the free gift of God, eternal life, long before he gave up his life for us. After Christ was glorified in spirit, he did not set out to make us earn what he had not earn, eternal life, he gave himself to us freely. Those that set themselves up as martyr do so at the risk of calling themselves a faithful slave by their own judgment of their worth, and works do for others on earth.

1Cor.4:1 So let a man think of us as Christ's servants, and stewards of God's mysteries.
4:2 Here, moreover, it is required of stewards, that they be found faithful. -

- 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or by man's judgment. Yes, I don't judge my own self.
4:4 For I know nothing against myself. Yet I am not justified by this, but he who judges me is the Lord.
4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each man will get his praise from God.

A Simple Kindness

People that are kind are most often kind because they have compassion upon the plight of others. Moreover, their kindness is often rooted in their own failings so where they understand the burden others carry. It is a simple kindness that moves God's heart, not works we so often do and think is impressive to God. God is not impressed with people who think they have a right to life because they do something for him.

Matt.8:8 The centurion answered, "Lord, I'm not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8:9 For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and tell another, 'Come,' and he comes; and tell my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, "Most certainly I tell you, I haven't found so great a faith, not even in Israel.

Sadly, those that feel that way end up doing evil to others, wittingly or unwittingly, like Cain that slaughter his brother Abel over Abel's heart felt gift too God out of appreciation. It is of no surprise that we find Christ seated on his throne bring the nations before him separating them sheep from goats over a simple kindness, not what religion imagine is God's works like restoring God's word, unearthing documents, pushing and driving others to preach, running a massive religious institution.
None of that was brought up by Christ, he simply ask when we were moved to help the least on of his brothers. Not even that the sheep had done a works of helping them, because they didn't know they had done a kindness, it was a gift of love they had given with no string attached unlike religion, or goats that want reward for works they do for others on earth.

Matt. 25:31 "But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.
25:32 Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
25:33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
25:34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, 'Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
25:35 for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.
25:36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.'
25:37 "Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink?
25:38 When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you?
25:39 When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?'
25:40 "The King will answer them, 'Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers{The word for "brothers" here may be also correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."}, you did it to me.'
25:41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;
25:42 for I was hungry, and you didn't give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;
25:43 I was a stranger, and you didn't take me in; naked, and you didn't clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn't visit me.'
25:44 "Then they will also answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn't help you?'
25:45 "Then he will answer them, saying, 'Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you didn't do it to one of the least of these, you didn't do it to me.'
25:46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

The sheep happily gave, freely, not owning anyone a single thing but love, as God is moved to give us his love. This is why Adam failed, this is why Christ won the victory. This is why we fail, in relationships, with people, and in knowing the true God of love. We are so often moved by obligation, or because of losing something, or just looking bad to others. But how wonderful when we are moved by love for others with nothing but kindness, not a debt for a work we want remember or paid back.

1Cor.13:1 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing. 13:3 If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don't have love, it profits me nothing.

Rom.13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

When we hear the words undeserved kindness of God we find that it is unfathomable, but when it found in comfort of the Holy Spirit nothing waters our soul more beautifully. It is an indescribable gift that never stops giving to those humble at heart.

Psalms 119:76 Please let your loving kindness be for my comfort, according to your word to your servant.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; 1:4 who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound to us, even so our comfort also abounds through Christ. 1:6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. 1:7 Our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that, since you are partakers of the sufferings, so also are you of the comfort.

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 2:17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.

Completed: April, 01, 2017

by: Daniel a Slave of Christ Jesus