First and Last

Let's talk about the kingdom.
  Let me impart some wisdom.
A story I will narrate
  which you might want to debate.

The owner of a vineyard
  went out at dawn.
To the marketplace with intent to employ
   some daily wage labourers, he had gone.

He left quite early.
  And when he found the men,
One dinari each, 
  he promised to give them.

They went back with him
  to his fields.
Worked hard all day.
   awaiting their pay.

This same man went out again.
   At 9:00 a.m., some workers to attain.
He brought them back.
   And put them to work like the previous pack.

When it turned 12:00 at noon,
  the owner of the vineyard,
went out again 
  and returned with some more men.

Again at 3:00, he headed out.
  to the marketplace, some more labourers,
he brought back to his field.
  This was the fourth time, you follow the deal?

At 5:00 in the evening, he did it again.
 went out to engage some more workers.
Promised them a fair wage.
  They were happy to get work and be engaged.

At 6:00 in the evening, when all was done,
  the workers were called in one by one.
Beginning from the batch that started last,
  he handed out one dinari to each of them, fast.

When the group that worked for twelve hours came,
   and the owner handed out the same,
they felt all negative,
   although agreed upon, now it being became relative.

The owner of the vineyard did no wrong.
  He gave them what he had initially promised all along.
But, jealous of his generosity,
  out of comparison  and curiosity,
they had the nerve
  to think much more they deserved.

The good thief at the last moments on his cross,
   when his life in sin was completely lost.
The son of Hannah, young Samuel.
  since he was weaned, God did spiritually feed and fuel.
One came at the beginning and one came at the end.
  But as a reward, to the same place they were sent.

Salvation is a gift of grace.
  It is not a worldly race.
If you were first, 
  maybe this concept will, your bubble burst. 
And if you were last,
  that was all in the past. 

By the standards of this world,
  or by the curse of the law. 
These concepts might seem like a flaw.
  But, God judges not like men.
He knows everything : how, what and when.

And so now, I'll remind you once more.
  Back to the Father, I must go.
At the hands of men I must suffer an unjust death.
   Handed over to the Pharisees and teachers, to bleed till my last breath.

Then, the wife of Zebedee,
  mother of James and John
put forward her request,
  for the good Lord to ponder upon.

Let my sons sit at your right and left.
  When you're king, close to your throne, not the rest.
My James and John...
 in this this way let them be blessed.

Nobody can drink from my cup of suffering.
   Yes Lord, we can; don't be so bothering.
But still, that is not for me to pick who deserves.
  Because only the Father has that right reserved.

This is how it will be in the Kingdom.
  If you wish to be great, this is how you must choose your fate.
To your brothers, be subservient.
  And in your service, be fervent.
Just as a slave...
  to his master, you must behave.
For I came among you to serve.
  And as my followers, you will serve, and not be served.

(Inspired by Matthew Chapter 20)

This poem is part of a series of rhymes titled β€˜The Matthew Series’This is the 20th poem in the series. They are all based on the gospel of Matthew and are in the correct sequence. Here are few of my favorites:

  1. The Beginning of His ministry
  2. The secrets to a successful healing


    1. Thank you Eileen….have a beautifully blessed day.
      Sending you bear hugs

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      1. You do not have to believe anything I say or others say but I think that the idea of eternal hell where people are burned in fire eternally is not logical and not in harmony of the idea of God being benevolent, forgiving and compassionate…
        Okay , yes , we get we put in and with freedom of choice comes responsibly . We receive what we give in pne way or another …

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        1. I respect your beliefs and opinions Wael. I understand where you’re coming from. I get your point of view. It is a very logical analysis and conclusion. I get to hear that a lot. So I’m actually smiling thinking about those conversations I’ve had with people….πŸ˜ƒ
          Peace and light be with you.

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          1. Some say :”walk by faith and not by sight . ”
            Well walk by both in a balanced way between your heart and mind , and seeking spiritual and , intellectual enlightenment…
            I do not think that spirituality should allow us to ignore physicality that though is not everything , exists in time space reality…
            God is timeless , formless and spaceless and we are spirits and having insights , vision side by side with checked faith is great to inspire us to be our greatest version at the same time …

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            1. Hmm….I understand what you mean Wael. I have been this person and the person who didnt care about faith also. I have been all kind of persons. But none of them worked for me. I finally reached a point where only God could save me because all I seen around me was quicksand and all my senses could do nothing for me. The more I flapped around panicking attempting to get out….the more energy I lost and the deeper I sunk. So I just decided to be still. That’s where God came in…..when I shut all my senses and acted in faith…πŸ™πŸΌ


    1. Thanks for sharing this poem Jonathan 🀩😊🀩. Praise GodπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌβœοΈπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ
      Fuzzy slippers πŸ™ˆπŸ’ŸπŸ₯ΏπŸ™ˆπŸ’ŸπŸ₯ΏπŸ€­πŸ™ˆ

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