|What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice|
Msg #2013 Christian Stewardship 303
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Of the three stewardship parables Jesus taught us, the parable of the ten pounds from Luke 19 has a curious sidebar. This parable differs significantly from the parable of the talents given in Matthew 25. The talents were given to servants “according to their several ability.” The pounds were given one per servant. The wicked servant with buried talent was cast into outer darkness. The one who wasted his pound suffered loss but not destruction. In the talent parable a servant was not necessarily a saved man, but in the ten pound parable a servant was a disciple who could not loose his eternal life. The purpose of this ten pound parable is explained, “because he was nigh unto Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear” (19:11). It followed Zacchaeus' salvation and Luke 19:10's clarity. The talent parable was Olivet Discourse material for all, this was for disciples about when their King would return. Therein, of the citizens that hated him and said, “We will not have this man to reign over us” (19:14), the returning King said “bring (them) hither, and slay them before me” (19:27). Note that when Israel's first king ascended to the thrown, such citizens were spared (1Sam 11:12-13), but here they were slain outright. Back then it says, “for today the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel” (1Sam 11:13), but at the return of Christ as King, the day of salvation is past, all those who hate him are slain and cast into outer darkness. Christians need to be a witness as Paul said, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men...” (2Cor5:11), because “Jesus Christ hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (vr.18). In trying days, stewards need to be about the Father's business.
An Essay for week #13Mar 29, 2020
Msg in audio at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/audio/gs200329.mp3
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