The Grace of YHWH’s Vineyard

The Grace of YHWH’s Vineyard

by John and Ruth Greene

hedge-of-protection-sm-300x213To many that don’t understand, the Father’s grace or favor, even His love seems unfair. The temptation of most men and women involved in any important work is to grow jealous over favor shown to others “less qualified” or less experienced. They may seek reward for their “gracious service.” With this mindset, others around them have done much less. Others have not made the same sacrifices. Others have not worked as hard or as long. All of this can be true. Grace is the period of time that you live. Grace is having the opportunity to abide in Father YHWH through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah and the Holy Spirit while you live. (“Credentials of a Disciple of Messiah“)

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.” – Matthew 20: 1-2

Your Master Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah calls all disciples to be workers in the harvest of souls. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:47) There are no exceptions since each individual is able to find a way to participate based on his or her own life circumstances and abilities. A pastor, a tele-evangelist or “church leader” is not commissioned to do all of the work while everyone else slaves after things of the world to fund the ministry of someone else. Status, nor credentials are required to be active in YHWH’s great commission through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. The willingness to participate is all that is required. (Matthew 13:3-23; Mark 4:1-25; Luke 8:4-21; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“; “Messiah Teaches about Fruit in the Lives of People“; “Christians: Focused on the Messiah & His Purpose“)

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“And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’” – Matthew 20: 3-7

Many of the workers clearly trusted ‘the man in the parable,’ the Master of the Harvest. They did not quibble or debate as to whether the wages were fair. They eagerly set to work based on what they were able to do at that moment. The owner of the vineyard was intent on gathering His harvest. He hired many workers that trusted Him to offer a fair wage, even people that, in the eyes of the world, were in desperate straits, less favorable, even poor and broken. The implication is that these workers had been rejected by others since they had been waiting at the gate all day. (“A Branch of the Vine through Trust“; “Christian: Learning to Live in Trust“)

“So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’” – Matthew 20: 8-12

In the sight of the generous owner of the vineyard, the wages for all workers were the same. Unlike the wages of the world, these wages were equal for the seasoned and the new, for those that worked longer and harder and those that worked only for a short time. Those that started at the beginning of the work day were promised a certain wage. They worked with that promise in mind. Those that started the harvesting later were promised a just wage and in full trust, they applied themselves eagerly to the harvest at hand. (“Christian: Your Basis of Trust“)

“But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” – Matthew 20:13-16

burn-grapevineSome of the chosen workers in this harvest murmured and complained about the imbalance of their wage compared to the rest of the workers. They had worked longer and sweated during the heat of the day. These complainers were focused on the ways of the world instead of the promise made to them when they were engaged in the harvest. They proved that they coveted through competition and envy. They lacked humility and compared themselves to others. They set themselves above the Master. While these workers participated in the harvest, they followed their own way. Messiah, the steward sent these rebels on their way, away from Him to the Lake of Fire, eternal separation from Him and eternal destruction along with Satan and his demons. (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 19:20, 20:15, 21:8) The spiritual pride in the soil of their heart disqualified them in the end. They had a poor spiritual heart condition, full of the ways of the world. They were paid for their works while they pursued the harvest, but did not receive the full reward that the Messiah had to offer. (Matthew 7:21; Luke 8:4-21; Mark 4:1-25) Like the Pharisees, these workers had already received their reward of pride and status, practicing their own brand of faith, reaping the value of that fruit while they lived and later, by Divine Judgment. (Matthew 6:5) There is no status or selfish pride of life in YHWH’s Kingdom. (“The Politics of Pride“; “Putting Down the Titanic Pride of Man – Placing Satan Under Your Feet“)

“Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the reign of Elohim? Do not be deceived. Neither those who whore, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor greedy of gain, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers shall inherit the reign of Elohim. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were set apart, but you were declared right in the Name of the Master Yahshua [Jesus] and by the Spirit of our Elohim.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

While wages or reward might seem to be the thrust of this parable in the eyes of some, the purpose of this parable is to illustrate the protective love of salvation that YHWH offers to you and each one that is willing to work diligently in His harvest. You cannot buy your way into YHWH’s Sovereign Age or earn your way through good works, as the rich man in Matthew 19:16-22 discovered. Crestfallen, he walked away because of the idolatry in his life. He trusted in what he had more than YHWH or a ministry that he could use to honor Him. He was interested in himself more than YHWH’s harvest. In the world, compensation, even the perception of good, is often based on performance, driven behaviors, competition and a lifestyle of mammon. (“Foundation of Salvation“; “Roots of Salvation“; “A Mind of Envy and Competition“; “The Idolatry Factor“)

hourglass-timeIn the same way, behaviors and attitudes can easily destroy your ability to enter into YHWH’s Kingdom. Some people haven’t a chance of entering His Kingdom, but this is a personal decision based on acceptance and obedience through trust or rebellion. (Matthew 18:3; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 21:8) That is YHWH’s grace as well, based on your ability to receive it. His protective love is the gift of time. You can partake in the harvest work, but will be dismissed when you have unrepentant sin and lack of humility in your life. Those that put the harvest work first (Matthew 6:33; Revelation 22:15) along with the teaching of their Master first, will have salvation, a gift of their Heavenly Father. (Matthew 7:21; Revelation 21:27) That is the undisputable grace of YHWH. (“Redeemed Through Obedience & Trust“; “YHWH’s People Walk by Trust and Obedience to His Word“)

Where His love and favor are concerned, YHWH doesn’t distinguish between long-time disciples and new believers. All have been ordained to be laborers in His harvest work. Not one disciple is to be left out of the work. Each disciple chooses to stand in trust to the end of YHWH’s harvest or to bow out. They reap the harvest of what they do. (“Disciple: Victory in Spiritual Battle“)

The willing sacrifice of Messiah covers all active and trustworthy believers that bear YHWH’s fruit in their lives. Your Heavenly Father is not a respecter of persons, showing favoritism. He loves His people equally, a difficult concept for imperfect men with twisted hearts to grasp. Entrance to His Kingdom is through grace alone, offered to each without partiality. Do you accept His grace? (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:9-11; Ephesians 6:8-9; 1 Peter 1:17; “Christian: Are You Bearing Fruit?“; “Cultivating YHWH’s Grace as You Seek Truth“; “A Matter of Grace – It’s Amazing“)

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“For YAHWEH so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, HRB
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your righteousness. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. May it be as you have promised!
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The name Yahshua [Y’shua] is an original language name for Jesus.
He is often referred to simply as the Messiah or Master.
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