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December 13, 2020 1:00 am
What has God given you? And what are you doing with it? Stu & Robby begin exploring the Parable of the Ten Minas from Luke 19: 11-27.
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We promise not to crack any tall jokes again recourse or jokes after our friend Zaki is at a remarkable transformation wee little man God can save a wee little man like him. He is a big tall fellow like me and like Robbie and so were here with Luke 1911 to 27. We may break this up into a couple weeks like we did with Zaki.
Is Robbie good read the passage forcefully, so the parable of the 10 maintenance as I heard these things, he proceeded to tell them a parable because he was near to Jerusalem and because they suppose that the kingdom of God was near immediately.
He therefore said a nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return calling 10 of his servants. He gave them 10 maintenance and said of 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 and when he returned, having received the kingdom. He ordered the servants to whom he had given the money to be called into them that they might know what they had given gained by doing business first came before him, saying, Lord, your Mina has made 10 minutes more and he said to them, well done, good servant because you have been faithful in a very little.
You shall have authority over 10 cities in the second came, saying, Lord, your Mina has given me 5 m and he said to him, and you are to be over five cities that another came, saying, Lord, here's your Mina which I kept light away in a handkerchief, for I was afraid of you because your severe man. You take what you did not deposit and reap what you did not so he said to him I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant, you knew that I was the severe man taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not so why then did you not put my money in the bank and at my coming I might've collected it with interest and he said those who stood by take the Mina from him and give it to the one who has 10 maintenance and they said to him, Lord. He has 10 maintenance I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who is not even what he has will be taken away.
But as far as these enemies of mine who do not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me so rule really is a rough ending to quite a parable and apparel often gets confused with the parable of the talents in Matthew. Those are different.
Matthew was told from Jerusalem that parable was this was told from Jericho is about 70 miles away from Jerusalem right after this encounter with Zaki is that we will man, Dr. Darrell Brock Baca love how he breaks this down in three parts.
He breaks down into three basic sections. The reward for faithful stewards rejection of false, fake believers, and then the judgment for openly rejecting rebels within the day.
Robbie, it comes down to what's God giving you and what are you doing with it and so a rich passage and if you asked his first question it'll get right into kind of what's happening in terms the context what led them to think once again that the kingdom would immediately appear severe. Jesus Christ is coming and he's getting into Jerusalem and over and over again. He said I must go to Jerusalem, I must be betrayed.
I must be beaten must be spit upon, I must suffer, die the race and the dead he stole disciples over Dennis's like that glossy look. It's almost like you Sharon Lord was someone over and over again. It's grace is grace of grace and every time you talk to them to. After two hours of really pour your heart out. They say okay so I gotta be a good person will have one good site you know we like the natural man is as you think the things of God. These natural cycles and get the supernatural Jesus talking in this parable right in the middle of all this motion toward the climax of Christ whole ministry in Jerusalem. This parable is very appropriate because his parables talk about the long game scribble saying to you and me. The Christian life is not a Sprint isn't the quick whammo notices in the sea. The goes in the soil and instantly it's either way and taken away. This is a long run. This is a harvest. This is like something like a farmer or an athlete's training for a long race and so right in the middle of all this comes a parable that Jesus is saying look the kingdom of God is telling the kingdom of God is here. I am the king of the kingdom, but I'm not going to go get a conqueror.
The forces of Rome set up my throne and then it's all happening now. There is a long game here and I Mexican to go away but I'm going to send you the deposit of the Holy Spirit to be more powerful with him than you are with me here and there is going to be a whole lot of flake and we know looking back 2000 years since he left were looking for his return, but sometimes get tired. Only Robbie and the president on his neck again similar like David was anointed long before he was king and these people knew that Jesus was anointed, and remember randomness guys anointed in an and he's had in the Washington DC is farther and starts up with an army when the cheese come to Washington. It must be because this is coming so that you know that was somewhat of an of that type of anticipation, but as you say there is a really large story going on at and part of you know what God's heart is for generations to come and and so as you look into the larger story we often play a smaller part than we thought we did have we set ourselves right in their late easily as a hero but but we Jesus is the hero, but he gives us apart and that's a cool thing. So the path verse 11, he comes right out and says as they heard these things, he spoke another parable because he was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately, so he's using this parable to quell their thoughts to kind of help them think longer term, and he goes right into it. Therefore, he set a certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself the kingdom and return of this first question Robbie gets right into this picture. Who are the characters of the parable and how they reflect right.
How is the kingdom, the parable a picture of Jesus so clearly this know many others different things you never want to press these parables, you know, so concretely, but Jesus is a picture of this nobleman. He is been given a kingdom and return.
He's also a picture of the sign that is sent later anybody calls 10 of his servants delivers them 10 minus this is really fascinating. A says them do business until I come.
Another of version says the king, JW says occupy till I come and this is a by the way, a Mina is it's a good chunk of change Mina Stanford God-given gifts, talents, many scholars believe that the mind it is the gospel itself entrusted for us to invest wisely in the hearts of others.
Basically a Mina equals 100 draw, which is about 100 days or three months wages subject is a good chunk of change and is given to these guys equally now searching this is another way. It's different from the parable of the stewards or the talents that we see in Matthew because they're all given the same amount, you know, so it comes down to, what, what are they gonna do with you know what their given and how are they can occupy or do business. So guess where we are right now we are to be occupying. We are to be actively taking what God has given us in terms of our talent, our time, our treasure all those things and occupy us a great diversity or be busy until I come get going so it was what they do well. The citizens, by the way. Verse 14 hated him. They sent a delegation after him saying we will not have this man reign over us so that the citizens were happy quell how the world became his own his own received him not right. The world did not want we want Hallie typefaces. We will not have this king reign over us, over and over again all of the cross. They said we have no king but Caesar crucify him.
So when he returned, having received the kingdom he commanding servants to whom he had given the money to be called him they might know how much every man again by trading so you want to call account.
I'll be done with each of the servants so the first one. Master your mind has earned 10 minus he's in well-done you are faithful in a very little. Now you have authority over 10 cities second like a master miser and five minus the third one you know it you have authority over five cities. He said the same thing will not, then another came master. Here's your Mina which I kept away in a handkerchief. So this guy took it and he buried it in a safe place where no one would get it. Robbie, he played goalie played safe and I guess the question is what you asked Robbie because this is kind of where a lot of us are living what was wrong with the servant hiding his Mina or Mina, depending on with your steer me from playing it safe. That was his view of the Masters. How is his view of the master misguided. Okay, so he played it safe. He just kicked back and I don't know you. Do you know it's interesting you say ablated safe but actually played it scared okay yeah I mean I don't trust this guy. Yeah and and some not a lot of faith there now. He said I feared you you are lost your man right and so I wouldn't say played it safe. He played it scared yeah and and when you go hiding anytime you go hiding like Adam. Many nothings things are gonna be hard on you because you know God is risky guy and he likes people that will risk they used fig leaves. He used a SOS for their energy is there vaguely so somewhere in there you have that very very fascinating. I also think it as it is to throw this out there to is that there were 10 which to the Jews attends a significant number that represents your congregation right that that in order to have what they considered congregation. You had them 10 people. If I find that fascinating that that was the number that he chose us of so this was but natural force a lot different than the parable of talents is you know now you got 100 minus or maintenance dependent on what you want to say that are actually out there being invested that's exactly right in their producing fruit in a growing and are compounding and or multiplying which fastening the compounding.
But what's interesting Robbie about all of this is the fate of this guy didn't go so well but you know back to his misguided view of the master just to general his complete erroneous view of God in a Debbie Tojo said you can you can define a person.
Or you can you know everyone is is summarized by what their view of God is and how we all live on this earth. Either that's complete ignorance either. That's not wanting anything to do with God.
Fear of God wrong kind of fear of God a healthy fear of God, a reverence for God every single person now or at a time, but we come back next time working here what happens. All these guys and really hear about risk. Why don't we take more risk. As believers, God doesn't sell La-Z-Boy CT sales risky boys at all well okay will read a time without great word there.
Robbie, thank you and study this word guys for yourself, leave this quote from Frank and Hughes. He said God is given the same investment capital for the Christian life to Joe Christian and Joe Christian all receive the same gospel of grace. As the apostle Paul, John Calvin and Billy Graham will have the same command to put our God-given investment to work until he comes back to the first question, what you doing with what God has given you. I'm Stu Epperson this is experience true.
Thank you, Joyce will be here next time the same time in the same place to share more from the book of Luke with you on experience truth. This is the Truth Network