This sermon was based on Luke 19:11-27.
The Parable of the Ten Minas
11As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’
15When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business.16The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.'”
The Nobleman in the parable represents Jesus.
He has gone away to a ‘far country’ (Heaven) but he will return.
- He has authority over those who serve him, he has left them with instructions and given them all they need to accomplish those things. He is looking for faithfulness not success.
The Faithful Servants
- The Faithful servants knew the King. They are obedient to the Kings instructions to conduct business and be active in his absence. They display public loyalty in the presence of opposition.
- They remember and trust the Kings words regarding his return. They know their calling – to steward the Kings gifts and they recognise that increase is attributed to the Kings gift not their efforts.
- The good servants of Jesus Christ understand that all they’ve been given is given to them by God for God, and that they are to steward those gifts for His kingdom, for His glory, for the restoration of all things.
The Wicked Servants
- The wicked servant didn’t really know the King and his character. He saw him as an austere man and so was paralysed by fear. He thought that the gift belonged to him.
- H didn’t believe the words of the King, didn’t think he would return, didn’t think think he could pull off what he set out to do. So he assimilated into the culture that was created by the Kings absence and likely lived a life of ease and comfort – didn’t take any risks for the sake of the king. He was disloyal to the King’s instructions
- The wicked servant is a man or woman who is somehow connected to Jesus via the community of faith but does not know God and has no intention of submitting to His lordship at any level.