Bible IndexContentsHome...Saved?..Pray...Free...Bible...Shop...Learn...Worship...U.S.B.S...Contact UsProverbs 29Proverbs 30Proverbs 31

Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 20

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Matthew (Levi)
Date Penned: (60-65 AD)
Overview: Jesus Christ the King (c 1-28)
Theme: Message and Ministry of Jesus, The King (c 4-25)
Message: Jesus continues to teach truth (v 1-33)

Matthew 20 Commentary
(20:1-16) Jesus Tells the Parable of the Vineyard Workers - This parable further explains Jesus’ words in 19:30 explaining the “first and last” saying by focusing on the landowner’s generosity in welcoming everyone into his field. Jesus further clarified the membership rules of the Kingdom of Heaven—entrance is by God’s grace alone.

(20:17-19) Jesus Predicts His Death the Third Time - Jesus and the disciples continued toward Jerusalem. Jesus led the way, determined to go to the city where he knew he would die (see also Luke 9:51).

(20:20-28) Jesus Teaches About Serving Others - 
Matthew created a dual contrast by including Jesus’ comment on his impending death between the section on rewards and eternal life and the request from the mother of James and John. The consistent misunderstanding represents a pattern of response to Jesus. He shattered the expectations and interpretations of others. How often do our prayers evoke the same response from God? We hardly ever know what we’re asking. Fortunately, God isn’t bound by our requests. He lovingly edits our prayers. So, ask what you will today for yourself and for others, but remember that God will always do what is best.

(20:29-34) Jesus Heals Two Blind Beggars - Jesus and the disciples were on the way out of Jericho, continuing southward toward Jerusalem. The Old Testament city of Jericho had been destroyed by the Israelites (Joshua 6:20), but during Herod the Great’s rule over Palestine, he had rebuilt the city (about a mile south of the original city) as a site for his winter palace. Jericho was a popular and wealthy resort city, not far from the Jordan River, about eighteen miles northeast of Jerusalem.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

An Open Invitation

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Matthew with Chapter 20. In our text today we see the parable of the workers and what catches my eye the open invitation for all to come and receive the reward of Eternal life. In making application we see that today is the day of Salvation. From the young to the old you can receive Eternal Life if you just come to Jesus. How about you? Have you been Saved? Let us learn from our text today and the words of Christ who invite all to come to Him no matter how old or young for He is the way the truth and the life.


Matthew 20

Matthew 20

 1For 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.

 2And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

 3And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

 4And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

 5Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

 6And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

 7They 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.

 8So 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.

 9And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

 10But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

 11And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,

 12Saying, 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.

 13But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

 14Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

 15Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

 16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

 17And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,

 18Behold, 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,

 19And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

 20Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

 21And 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.

 22But 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.

 23And 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.

 24And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

 25But 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.

 26But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

 27And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

 28Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 29And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.

 30And, 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.

 31And 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.

 32And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?

 33They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.

 34So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.