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About-Him.Com Devotional 06-25-2005
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My Thoughts on the Life of Christ, from His Baptism to His Ascension.

181: Parable of the Ten Pounds - Luke 19:11-27  

Luke 19:11  And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12  He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
 

The general populous knew that the religious leaders had already determined that Jesus should be put to death. Since Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem they assumed that a showdown was imminent and that Jesus would fully establish His earthly kingdom and drive out the hated Romans.  

They did not comprehend that as a result of Jesus being rejected, Cavalry lay ahead. Because of this type of thinking, Jesus gave the Parable of the Ten Pounds. A certain king (Jesus) went to a far country (heaven) to receive a kingdom for Himself and to return. He called His ten servants together and gave each a pound with the instructions to occupy until he returned. The servants evidently met opposition in investing their lord’s money, with the citizens saying, “We will not have this man to rule over us.”  

Luke 19:15  And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.  

When He returned after having received the kingdom, he called the ten together to give an accounting of what they had done with the money entrusted to them. One man returned his original pound with ten more that he had earned. Another returned five more.  Each was rewarded by being made ruler over one city for each additional pound earned. Another servant came forward with his original pound wrapped in a napkin. He explained that he was afraid, so he carefully kept the pound and returned it to his lord with no additional return. His lord called him a wicked servant and took the pound and gave it to the man who already had ten. He then pronounced judgment upon those citizens who would not have him to reign over them.  

Conclusion and application:  

The parallels between this parable and the events which were soon to unfold are readily apparent. After Christ suffered and rose again He claimed all power in heaven and in earth. Upon His ascension He promised an endowment of power after the Holy Ghost had come. He gave the great commission instructing us to be witnesses unto Him and to preach the gospel to every creature.  

Upon reception of the Holy Ghost we were all entrusted with the precious gospel. Scripture is replete with many references to our Lord’s second coming. At His return we will give account of what we did with what we were given. That won’t necessarily be a joyous time.  

Lu 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.  

The lord took the pound away from the slothful servant and gave it to him who already had ten. Doesn’t seem fair dies it? Our Lord’s only concern is that we make maximum use of what He has entrusted to us.  It was obvious that nothing could be gained with the pound wrapped in a napkin. It was very likely that the man who had already gained ten pounds would soon gain some more.  

Luke 19:27  But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.  

Verse 27 seems to be a pronouncement of judgment upon those who wouldn’t receive Him. This certainly happened at the destruction of Jerusalem and will also happen again. Jesus will appear in flaming fire to exercise vengeance upon all who haven’t obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ (II Thessalonian's 1:8). Also, as mentioned above,  we all, saint and sinner alike , will stand before Him in judgment (Romans 14:10; II Corinthians 15:10). That will be a joyous time for some and not so joyous for others.
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