This story has confused a lot of people, and even today students of the Bible debate what it means. But it closes with a profound question – “should you be jealous because I am kind to others?”
That is a question that continues to be asked of us, even today. We don’t always understand God, and sometimes His ways are just hard to get. Sometimes we think it is God working, but we misunderstand because of sin – our sight and motivations are blurred (at best). Should I be jealous because God is kind to others. Every good thing we have is from Him. I have so much more than the rest of the world, and yet I still want more – why? Why do I not give away more? Why do I still long for more – bigger, newer, more?
This parable – whether it is about salvation or just God’s ways of acting with grace towards people – shows that God deeply and profoundly loves people, and His ways are always right – but they don’t have to fit our standards of justice – which so often are tilted in our own selfish direction.