During my late uncle's last service of his funeral, the Pastor read the scripture below. I am not going to explain why Matthew 20:1-16 was read.
But what I am going to blog is that right after the service and the cremation process, we went back to my late uncle's home to be with his family.
What happened next was a very nice coincidence.
My other uncle from Klang was searching for this scripture read by the Pastor in my late uncle's personal bible. He remembered Matthew but unsure which chapter. I helped him and we tried chapter 20, then 15 and then 25. Finally, I decided to search the entire book of Matthew and found the scripture at chapter 20.
We noticed that my late uncle bookmarked that page of that bible with the attached red ribbon. Isn't this nice? Wonders of God never fail to amaze us at all times.
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The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 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?’
7 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.’
8 “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.’
9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.
10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius.
11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner,
12 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.’
13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’
16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.