In the parable of The Ten Minas the king will return. While he was gone he gives his servants work to do. What will he fine when he returns?
In Luke 19 you don’t find Jesus sitting around a camp fire swapping stories with the disciples. He was nearing the end of his ministry and was on his way to Jerusalem. The people of God were expecting the Kingdom of God to appear – AT ONCE! That wasn’t going to happen then because there was much that Jesus had to do to save the world from sin and there were other promises from our God that he had not kept yet. Now – as in 2021 – Jesus could appear – AT ONCE! Don’t be surprised if he does. One given fact in all of this is that he will return.
The portion of this parable that I want to focus on is the servant who refused to do work. This is verses 20-21. Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 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. As it stands the statement it true. Our God is “hard”. He plays for keeps. He keeps his promises – all of them. That is frightening to some who would think our God a cream puff who doesn’t know what is going on. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. All of the work that God’s servants – Christians – do is on his behalf. On the Last Day we will lay our trophies at his feet. There is nothing that we can claim for ourselves – least of all, our righteousness. We can say happily that Jesus has earned our salvation. We haven’t earned anything by our imperfection and rebellion, but God’s wrath.
Want to hear more? Watch this week’s Bible class from our series, Parabolic: The Ten Minas.
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