Jesus Christ used parables and stories to reveal deep spiritual concepts. His audience were the simple people, who lived ordinary lives in the villages around the Sea of Galilee and the land of Israel. Jesus showed fishermen, day laborers, farmers, and tax collectors how they could look around and see the Kingdom of God through stories about a flower, a bird, and a coin.
The Pharisees, Sadducees, and local rabbis had a ring-side seat at the invisible world of the Spirit. They strained at hearing, without comprehending the words of the Master Teacher. Jesus warned, “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Matthew 13:13.
This eight coin set presents the wisdom and insight Jesus shared with His followers and disciples. Each is “a pearl of great price,” given to us to pull back the curtain into the heart and mind of God.
Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)
1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 "About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' 5 So they went. "He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?' 7 " 'Because no one has hired us,' they answered. "He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.' 8 "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.' 9 "The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also
received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.' 13 "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous? 16 Even so the last shall be the first and the first last; for many are called, but few are chosen.”
Coin: Roman Republican denarius 125 B.C.; Sear 146.
Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10) 8 "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Coin: Greek drachma; of Alexander Great;336 to 323 B.C.;Sear 5730.