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The Judgment of the Wicked Servant

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Luke 19:22 tells us that the nobleman judged the wicked servant out of his own words. If the man really feared (G5399) the nobleman (Jesus), he should have acted differently than he did. The Greek word (G5399) has both a positive and a negative side. It can be defined as a healthy respect for someone or outright terror of another man. The wicked servant in the parable didn’t have a healthy respect for the nobleman. Therefore, he must have been afraid (the negative kind of fear) of him. Why, then, didn’t his terror (G5399) of the nobleman cause the wicked servant to be faithful, while the nobleman was away? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Accusations Against the Nobleman

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Surprisingly, the nobleman doesn’t deny anything the wicked servant said about him. However, during his public ministry, Jesus often didn’t deny what others accused him of doing or saying. He simply addressed their argument from a different vantage point. In the parable the nobleman is accused of being an austere (G840) man. The Greek word is used only in Luke 19:21-22. It is often used in ancient literature for unripe fruit, pointing to its sour taste, and is, therefore, unpleasant or harsh. What the servant seems to be saying is that the nobleman lives in idleness and derives his living out of the labor of others.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Work of the Wicked Servant

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Before the nobleman of the Parable of the Pounds went off to a far country to receive a kingdom, he gave to each of his servants a mina, which in previous studies we have found to mean faith. It is the currency of the Kingdom of God. Nevertheless, one of the nobleman’s servants never used the mina (G3414) that his master had given him to carry out his business (Luke 19:20). Rather, he saved it by wrapping it up in a napkin to give to his master upon his return. In the language of the Kingdom of God, this servant never acted in faith, never used the Kingdom’s currency. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Work of the Nobleman’s Servants

Parable of the Pounds

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With the previous studies in mind, the nobleman of Luke 19:12 (Jesus) entrusted each of his servants (disciples) with a mina (G3414). A mina was a Greek coin equal to 100 drachmas, or 300 shekels under the Old Testament coinage. Its value was about three months wages. Besides collecting taxes and custom duties, a tax-collector often served as a bank, whereby he lent out money in short-term loans at a fixed rate of interest. Additionally, the publican acted as a money-changer who could exchange foreign coin for local coinage, so business could be conducted in Judea, and the reverse would be true for folks traveling away from Judea to Mesopotamia. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Believing the Lie Rather than the Truth

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In Matthew 17:22 and for a second time Jesus repeated his teaching or revelation that he would suffer and die at the hands of men but would rise again on the third day. Just as in Matthew 16:16-17, Jesus second revelation of his suffering, death and resurrection follows an incident that offers evidence of the Apostles’ spiritual understanding. In Matthew 17:10-13 the Apostles (three of them) displayed some spiritual growth, showing they were listening to the voice of God in their hearts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Vindication of God’s Elect

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In Luke 18:1-7 we have recorded the Parable of the Unjust Judge. There, we are offered several motifs that pertain to the coming of Jesus (cf. Luke 18:8). The parable was delivered to Jesus’ disciples in the context of eminent suffering and judgment that was about to befall the Jews of that generation (Luke 17:24:37). The Pharisees had been aggressively interrogating Jesus concerning the coming of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, Jesus told them that they had the wrong idea about the Kingdom. It doesn’t come in a manner that can be observed (Luke 17:20). Rather, it would be found within man. God rules from the throne of a man’s heart, not from an observable throne in a palace (Luke 17:21). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Faith that Looks to God

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It is one thing to claim Jesus as one’s Savior and to say he is a child of God. It is quite another to act like this is true in one’s life. Often, believers think that publicly embracing Christ is the faith that is needed. While this is true, and very important in the life of the believer, there is another kind of faith the Lord looks for in his elect. It is the kind of trust that waits for God to act on the believer’s behalf. In our own modern day believers often take up their own defense in the courts of the land. Standing on our human rights, we have discovered we are often able to defeat our foes by taking our struggle to this world’s justice system. In doing so, we demonstrate publicly that we embrace Christ as our Savior, and our efforts often help our brethren in their walk with Christ. However, I don’t believe that this is the faith our Lord looks to find in us? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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