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The parable of the Faithful & Wise Servant


Sermon shared by Matthew Kratz

July 2011
Summary: The Faithful & Wise servant vs. the Wicked Servant.
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: General adults
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will therefore be held accountable by their Creator for how they use what he they been given. The mistreatment mentioned with this servant who begins to beat his fellow servants, is parallel to that truth is seen in the parable of the king recorded in Matthew 18:23–34.

Matthew 18:23-34 [23]"Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. [24]When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. [25]And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. [26]So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ’Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ [27]And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. [28]But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ’Pay what you owe.’ [29]So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ’Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ [30]He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. [31]When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. [32]Then his master summoned him and said to him, ’You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. [33]And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ [34]And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. (ESV)

The evil activities Jesus continues to mention in Matthew 24:49, the beating of fellow servants/slaves and eating and drinking with drunkards, are not meant to characterize every unbeliever. But are meant to characterize those activities and attitudes that many have. Because they think the Lord will not come for a long time, they will feel free to indulge themselves in whatever sins and pleasures they desire.

Illustration: Eternal Life
B. J. Honeycutt, a character on the T.V. series “M.A.S.H.,” gave this reason for why he didn’t give in to temptation in the midst of the Korean War: “I live in an insane world where nothing makes sense. Everyone around me lives for the now, because there may not be a tomorrow. But I have to live for tomorrow, because for me there is no now.”

For B. J., his hope for the future was seeing his family again. That hope was sufficient to define how he would behave in an extremely difficult situation. How much more so should our future hope of the kingdom of God shape how we live? (Green, M. P. (1989). Illustrations for Biblical Preaching : Over 1500 sermon illustrations arranged by topic and indexed exhaustively (Revised edition of: The expositor’s illustration file). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.)

Third, we see:
c) The Catching of the Wicked Servant (Matthew 24:50)
Matthew 24:50 [50]the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know (ESV)

Since the foolish wicked servant had a mistaken belief, and resulting poor conduct, they are unprepared for the master’s unexpected return. In this case the master will not come as Savior and King to bless and to reward but will come as Judge and Executioner to condemn and
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