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Lessons from Luke part 2

Luke 19:21-26

        "21 'For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.' 22 "And he said to him, 'Out of your own mouth I will judge you, [you] wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. 23 'Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?' 24 "And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give [it] to him who has ten minas.' 25 ("But they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas.') 26 'For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him”


            1. This king was an austere man which meant he had a strict way. The Lord is the same way. People wrongly assume however, that just because the Lord is strict that He is against us. He removed the punishment that was due us when Jesus went to the cross therefore, He could give us authority to “do business” while he was away. 

            2. The “mina” is the oldest human weight in history. It is related in this parable to 1 life. However, it is more accurately, the cost it will take for one to live a life and conduct business. {Incidentally, 60 mina=1 talent}. 

            3. Each servant will be given authority over a number of cities that directly corresponds to the amount of lives he gathered for his master. 

            4. If a servant (a Christian as it were) thinks of God as a strict God that still uses the Law to judge His people then out of that own servants mouth he will be judged. Meaning that yes, God is strict and not everyone can bring others into the kingdom on their own, so God has placed church congregations and gifts in the body to help in this way. If this servant would have truly understood that the heart of God was to win souls then he would have used his resources supporting ministries that could evangelize and harvest souls and God would have accounted it to the servant for righteousness. 

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