Summary: Someday we will be asked to make an account of what we did with the gifts God gave us.
B This parable has a historical background because in 40 B.C. Herod (the Great) went to Rome to receive authority from the emperor to rule as king of Judea (granted).
1 In 4 A.D. when Herod died and left his son, Archelaus, the kingdom.
a Archelaus went to Rome to claim his inheritance.
aa He was not popular & there was a public outcry against his possible kingship.
bb 50 Jewish subjects went to Rome to argue against Archelaus being king of Judea.
cc Augustus Ceasar allowed Archelaus to rule Judea but didn’t give him the title of “king.” (Ethnarchy)
b The audience Jesus speaks this parable to were immediately captivated because its parallelism to a well-known ancient event.
a The people were asking about the king and it’s immediate appearing; its complete display of kingdom authority.
aa Is the Kingdom here? Yes & No.
bb What they are asking in Luke is when is Jesus going to make all wrong, right? Full display of kingdom authority.
b Jesus is saying the kingdom will not display its full authority until the King returns to rule. (2nd coming)
c The interesting part is that Jesus leaves a plan in place in the interim period while we wait for the king to return!
I The King has come!
A The Bible says He is the King of the Jews, Israel.
1 Ps. 24.8,10
a He is the King of Righteousness, Glory, Ages.
aa He is the King of Kings & Lord of Lords.
bb He is unchangable, unstoppable, unmovable.
cc Commander of an army that has never been defeated.
2 The nobleman went away to receive His Kingdom and He returned to rule & reign.
a Despite the complaints, rejection of him as king . . . he’s still king!
b Regardless of people complaining about, questioning, rejecting Jesus, He is still King!
aa He was rejected, despised by those who should have served Him as His subjects (v.14.)
bb Lost people do not want Jesus to reign over them, and if it were possible, they would cast Him off & never submit to His reign.
cc He is King & He’s coming back.
2 How sad that the last servant wrapped his opportunity so carefully in a napkin so it would be safe.
a Wrapped in tissue paper, layer of foam before he put in bubble wrap and then laid it in shipping peanuts.
b This approach brought the wrath out in the king!
aa The servant was supposed to use opportunity!
bb IL. I grew us with some kids who freaked if their pants got grass stains, rips in their shirt because their moms were going to go ballistic. I was blessed to have a dad who thought that school of thought was best left on Bravo. Boys play & get dirty. Go ahead & run, have a good time. “That’s why they make needle & thread.”
cc I had been given a green light to run, jump, fall w/o fear of getting in trouble. Given permission to seize the opportunity to have fun, be a kid!
(By the way: your children only have one childhood, so do your best to give them a good one.) Feb. Family Series: Keeping Your Family Out of the Pot (When the World is Going Down the Drain).