First will be Last – Matthew 20

First will be last – Matthew 20

   Parable of the workers in the vineyard

Getting Paid for “Aladdin !”

according to a 1993 interview with New York Magazine, ( Robbin Williams ) he “wanted to leave something wonderful behind for his kids.”

So Williams took a hefty pay cut and agreed to be paid $75,000 for his work on the Disney film instead of his usual fee of about $8 million— but there was a catch. Williams did not want his voice used to merchandise products.

The film was a wild success – grossing 504 million dollars.

Disney initially defended using Williams’ voice, saying, “He agreed to the deal, and then when the movie turned out to be a big hit, he didn’t like the deal he had made.”

Ultimately, Disney sent RW a Picasso painting valued a $1,000,000.

Turns out the  Picasso self portrait like Van Gogh “ clashed w/ the interior decor of the Williams home !!!



Take our text this a.m.




     Vs. 16 clue



Timeline of workers till Jesus’ day

Matthew 13 :Many longed to see day

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

Is this describing those who hate work, saw as toil, only worked for payday


JOY in the job, excited by work, long look back at experience and accomplishment?

A) Jews vs all late comers – Gentiles?..

B) Pharisees “ devoted life “ vs common people vs vs Samaritans vs non- Jews

C) Disciples “ we have given up everything “ vs. other followers

   Matthew 19:27

         27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then

               will there be for us?”

D) Believer early vs. late to the party…..


       What’s the main complaint?

              Working HARDER  and / or LOWER PAY !!!!!


       what is the typical reaction to one who arrives “ late to the party “ ?

1 Cor. 12

Different gifts, one body, God at work in all.

John 4

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”


17 Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”