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The parable of the Faithful & Wise Servant

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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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and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. [17]You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. [18]But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)
• The foolish wicked will say, ‘Where is this “coming” he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ ” It always seems like that to unbelievers. Jesus has not returned yet, so they are careless. But, says Peter, they “deliberately forget” that God judged the world in ancient times by water and that he has promised to do so again by fire at the final day (vv. 5–7). Besides, “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (v. 8). What seems delayed to us is not a delay with him. Therefore, says Peter, “Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position” (v. 17) (Boice, J. M. (2001). The Gospel of Matthew (520). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.).

Poem: Horatius Bonar wrote in his poem: "Don’t Tarry Lord"
Come, Lord, and tarry not;
Bring the long-looked-for day;
O why these years of waiting here,
These ages of delay?
Come, for Thy saints still wait;
Daily ascends their sigh;
The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come’:
Dost Thou not hear the cry?
Come, for creation groans,
Impatient of Thy stay,
Worn out with these long years of ill,
These ages of delay.
Come, and make all things new;
Build up this ruined earth;
Restore our faded Paradise,
Creation’s second birth.
Come, and begin Thy reign
Of everlasting peace;
Come, take Thy Kingdom to Thyself,
Great King of Righteousness.
(Horatius Bonar as found in Galaxie Software. (2002; 2002). 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press.)

Second:
b) The Conduct of the Wicked Servant (Matthew 24:49)
Matthew 24:49 [49]and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, (ESV)

Flowing from the mistaken belief that the master is slow in coming is the foolish conduct.
A lack of love, resulting in the abuse of power (begins to beat his fellow servants) and in self-indulgence (drinks with the drunken), describes the sin of the “wicked servant.” (Newman, B. M., & Stine, P. C. (1992). A handbook on the Gospel of Matthew. UBS helps for translators; UBS handbook series (762). New York: United Bible Societies.)

Please turn to Matthew 18

In verse 49, Jesus is teaching that every person in the world holds his life, possessions, and abilities in trust from God, whether or not they acknowledge that trust or even acknowledges God. Everyone 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
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