Ten minas (Luke 19:11-27) | back
11And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. As Jesus was nearing Jerusalem, He told a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away. Jesus wanted them to know that there was more than one advent.
12He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. A nobleman living in a certain province was called away to the distant capital of the empire to be crowned king of his province. (Just as Christ resurrected to Heaven to receive His Kingdom and will return at the second advent).
13And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Before he left the nobleman called his ten servants and gave them each $2,000 to invest while he was gone. Do the ten servants represent the disciples of Christ and His followers? And what was it that Christ would give them? It was a truth in Word!
14But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. But some of his people hated him and sent him their declaration of independence, stating that they had rebelled and would not acknowledge him as their king. Many would hate Christ and not want Him as their King. (This is what the Kenites would say).
15And 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. When the king returned he called in the servants to find out what they had done with his money, and what their profits were. (Like when Christ returns at the second advent to find out what his disciples and followers are doing in teaching and spreading the Word).
16Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. The first man reported to the King a tremendous gain of ten times the original amount that was given him.
17And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. The King exclaimed, you are a good man. And because you have been faithful with the little I have entrusted you with, you shall be governor of ten cities.
18And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. The next man reported a good gain of five times the original amount given to him. Also a good return because that is all that was expected of him. Just as God will only expect from you what you can handle.
19And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. The man was made governor over five cities for his reward.
20And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin. But the third man only gave the king back the money that he started with. I have kept your money safe he said to the king. Representing one that would receive a truth, but never share it with anyone.
21For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. I was afraid because you are hard man to deal with, that you would demand all my profits. For you are known for taking what isn't yours and even confiscating the crops that others plant. (Don't want to be in his shoes).
22And 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. You vile and wicked man the king roared! That's how I will be towards you! You knew about me and how tough I can be. I expected you to do it!
23Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? Then why didn't you deposit my money into the bank so that I might at least gain some interest? (God expects some kind of results from us as we grow in the word).
24And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. The king said to those standing by, take the money away from him and give it to the man that earned the most. (If we learn a truth and do not share it with others, we may lose that truth). God will give it to one who will share it and further the Kingdom.
25And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds. But they replied to the king; he has enough already. (There is always room for more in the Word). Those who receive the truth in the Word with understanding will be given more to absorb!
26For 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. The king replied, "it is always true that those who have, get more, and those who have little, soon lose even that." If you do not share a truth from God with others, He will take it from you.
27But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. "As for those enemies of mine who have revolted; bring them in and execute them before me." (It will be a sad day for those who are against Christ at His return). Remember that those who work hard in the study and spreading of God's Word will be given more as their reward. As for the wicked; they will not be with us after judgment day!