7709 - Give Account

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At this time Jesus was in Jericho making his way to Jerusalem. We focus on Luke 19:11-27. Listen as I read these verses:

While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.

He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. `Put this money to work,' he said, `until I come back.'

"But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, `We don't want this man to be our king.' "He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

"The first one came and said, `Sir, your mina has earned ten more.' "`Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. `Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'

"The second came and said, `Sir, your mina has earned five more.' "His master answered, `You take charge of five cities.'

"Then another servant came and said, `Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.' "His master replied, `I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?'

"Then he said to those standing by, `Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.' "`Sir,' they said, `he already has ten!'

"He replied, `I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them --bring them here and kill them in front of me.'"

Notice the fact that the people who were following along with Jesus have in their anticipation that Jesus would soon bring in the Kingdom of God there in Jerusalem. Their eyes were focused on the one whom they considered as the conquering King Jesus, and they desired to be a part of this, to see it take place. They would be glad to see the Romans put to flight. They simply did not understand that Jesus was destined to soon die as the atoning sacrifice in Jerusalem.

Jesus likely wanted to dispel any disappointment that could spring up among his followers when he was crucified on the cross.

The man of noble birth represented Jesus. This is a veiled revelation that he would leave them and return to Heaven before coming again to establish the Kingdom.

As this nobleman called his servants and gave them the responsibility of administering the investment of his assets, Jesus was leaving to his disciples the responsibility of administering the talents Jesus was leaving with them.

As in the parable the nobleman’s subjects did not want him to become king. This group represents the Nation as well as the religious leaders of the Jews.

After being appointed king the nobleman returned. He called his servants to give account of their stewardship. Some servants evidenced more talent than others as they were able to show a larger return, but the nobleman commended each faithful servant; and rewarded him with responsibility in the new kingdom in proportion to their ability.

One servant had hidden his trusted mina. In fact, his words to the new king were somewhat accusative. He demonstrated that he did not support the new king; therefore, he was banished from the kingdom.

Then the enemies of the new king were put to death. This parallels the second coming of Christ. He will return and reward every faithful servant.

It is also true that every unresponsive person — his enemies, will be banished from the new kingdom to eternal suffering.