The Parable of the King’s Servants

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Investment

As Jesus draws near to Jerusalem it was expected that He will establish the kingdom immediately. So he tells this parable now to correct this mistaken idea. He wants them to know what they are to do while the king is gone and before he comes back. He did this through the parable of the pounds, which seems to represent professing believers during the church age. This parable of the pounds is teaching a different lesson than the parable of the talents in Matt. 25:14-30. Notice three facts:

  1. The master has given us a job (vv. 11-13). - Jesus begins his story by stating that, “A certain nobleman (King) went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return (v. 13). So He called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said, “Occupy (Do business) till I come.” These ten minas were the equivalent of a little over three months’ wages.
  2. The master will hold us accountable (vv. 14-15). - After some time the nobleman did return, and he  required a personal accounting from each of his servants.
  3. Our relationship to the master will be revealed by what we do or don’t do. There were some who hated him (vv. 14 & 27). There were those who served Him gladly (vv. 16-19). There were those who refused to use what had been given to them (vv. 20-23). The third servant put his mina away in a handkerchief and it was taken away from him (v. 21).

In this parable each person was given one pound, speaking of equal opportunity, whereas in the parable of the talents, each was given  according to his ability. In the parable of the talents it is not how much ability you have, but how faithful you are to use what you have for the Lord. In the parable of the pounds each person has the same amount, which probably represents the message of the Gospel and we all have equal responsibility to share it.

Application

I want to take what Jesus has invested in me and use it completely for His honor and glory! I need to be as concerned about other peoples welfare as I am about my own.

Luke 19:11-27 (English Standard Version)

As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, 'Engage in business until I come.' But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.' When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.' And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.' And the second came, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made five minas.' And he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.' Then another came, saying, 'Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.' He said to him, 'I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?' And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.' And they said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!' 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.'"

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