Monday, September 5, 2005

Luke - Parable of the Ten Servants

Luke 19:12  He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.  

The parable has a spiritual interpretation. Jesus came from heaven to a far country, Israel and to return to the Father.

Luke 19:13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  

Ten servants, ten disciples were given equal money, or gifts and were to occupy until he returns. We have been given spiritual gifts and resources from Jesus to use until he returns and we are to give an account for what we have done with these.

Luke 19:14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.  

The ten disciples were in a hostile world that did not want Jesus to be their Lord.  

John 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

His disciples were to use his resources to increase the kingdom of God. As Jesus said to them:  

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:15  And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.  

After the kingdom was established, the disciples were to give an account of what they did with the gifts given unto them.  

Luke 19:16  Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.  

His gift had increased ten times. If we use what God has given to us, it will be increased.

Luke 19:17  And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.  

He was given authority over ten cities in the Millennial kingdom, because of faithfulness.    

1 Pet 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 19:18  And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
Luke 19:19  And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.  
Luke 19:20  And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
Luke 19:21  For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

One disciple had hidden his talent, keeping it covered because he feared the master. Because of fear he did nothing with what was given to him.

Luke 19:22  And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
Luke 19:23  Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

He could have invested his gift somewhere, even if it was limited, it would have blessed another. He hid the light that was given to him.  

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Luke 19:24  And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
Luke 19:25  (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

The Lord would have someone else serve where he had failed. They would receive the increase for doing the others required service. His anointing would be increased.

Luke 19:26  For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.  

If we use what gifts God has given to us, they will increase. If we are fearful and unworthy, your gift will be given to another, Fear is one of the things that can condemn a person.  

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.   Was the unprofitable servant destroyed?

Luke 19:27  But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.  

Who were his enemies? All those who would not receive him. Remember the ten disciples were in a land that for the most part hated the Lord. Was the unprofitable servant destroyed? I do not think so, but he did not receive rewards in the kingdom. He had no nations to rule over and he was not a priest, because he did not use the gift Jesus gave to him. We are given grace by faith, unto good works.  

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Praise God for the gift of grace and the Spiritual gifts we receive. Let's not be unprofitable servants saying being saved is enough, because we are to use what God has given to us as we have the opportunity.

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