Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day 11 - The Talents and The Ten Servants

Luke 19:11-27, Matthew 25:14-30

Yesterday, I made a comment about how Jesus’ parables pack a lot of information in them and they can be looked on many levels. Yesterday, I talked about what we as Christians can learn when Jesus talks about Hell, but let’s look at some of the other people in His audience that day. Before I start, I do want to acknowledge that my husband and another pastor discussed these two parables with me and I wanted to share what I had learned from them. If we look at the context of the parable, we see that Jesus was probably speaking to a large crowd, but in Luke, Jesus was at Zacchaeus’ house. We are told in verse 7 that “all the people saw this and began to mutter, ’He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’” It is at this point that Jesus tells the parable of the Ten Servants.

Jesus had several personalities in the crowd with Him; the disciples were there, the “sinners”, the Pharisees, and the Sadducees. For the disciples, we can see that verse 11 tells us that they were near Jerusalem, just before His triumphal entry and death. Jesus would rise again, but He would also be leaving the earth only to return at the end of our days here. Jesus was telling the disciples to use what He has given them while He was away to build God’s kingdom. They (and us) need to be faithful stewards and disciple God’s children. For the Pharisees and Sadducees, He was pointing out that they were not being good stewards over God’s children. Jesus had already mentioned that they were binding up God’s children with rules they couldn’t even follow (Luke 11:46). Jesus was speaking of what would happen to unfaithful stewards. He also was talking to the leaders of the law that refused to accept His authority, and talked about the eternal damnation that would happen to them.

Wow! There is a lot to unpack in these parables. What is God telling you today?

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