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Oh To Be Wise Meditations

The idea for this story may have come from the history of Archelaus. When Herod died, he left a part of his kingdom to his son Archelaus. But the Romans controlled the whole kingdom. So, Archelaus had to go to Rome to ask Caesar Augustus to make him king over Judea. Many Jews in Judea did not like Archelaus. They sent men to Rome to try to persuade Caesar Augustus that Archelaus should not be their king. Jesus would soon go away by means of his death. But he will return in the future. He will have received his kingdom. And he will come back to rule. In the meantime, many people do not want Jesus to be their king. The man gave to each of 10 servants a sum of money. He told them to trade with this money while he was away. This was a test to see whether he could trust them with larger tasks. A mina was about the wages that a worker would earn in three months. Here's the story in detail: (The crowd was still listening to Jesus as he was getting close to Jerusalem. Many of them thought that God's kingdom would soon appear, and Jesus told them this story: A prince once went to a foreign country to be crowned king and then to return. But before leaving, he called in ten servants and gave each of them some money. He told them, "Use this to earn more money until I get back." But the people of his country hated him, and they sent messengers to the foreign country to say, "We don't want this man to be our king." After the prince had been made king, he returned and called in his servants. He asked them how much they had earned with the money they had been given. The first servant came and said, "Sir, with the money you gave me I have earned ten times as much." "That's fine, my good servant!" the king said. "Since you have shown that you can be trusted with a small amount, you will be given ten cities to rule." The second one came and said, "Sir, with the money you gave me, I have earned five times as much." The king said, "You will be given five cities." Another servant came and said, "Sir, here is your money. I kept it safe in a handkerchief. You are a hard man, and I was afraid of you. You take what isn't yours, and you harvest crops you didn't plant." "You worthless servant!" the king told him. "You have condemned yourself by what you have just said. You knew I am a hard man, taking what isn't mine and harvesting what I've not planted. Why didn't you put my money in the bank? On my return, I could have had the money together with interest." Then he said to some other servants standing there, "Take the money away from him and give it to the servant who earned ten times as much." But they said, "Sir, he already has ten times as much!" The king replied, "Those who have something will be given more. But everything will be taken away from those who don't have anything. Now bring me the enemies who didn't want me to be their king. Kill them while I watch!") God has given gifts to his people. For example, he has given them skills and opportunities to serve him. If they do not use those gifts, they will lose them. If they use the gifts well, then they will receive greater gifts. The king killed those people who did not want him to be their king. Jesus will come as the king. He will be the judge of those people who will not have him as their king. Our attitude to Jesus is a matter of life or death, and the results of that will be eternal. I can't wait to hear my LORD Jesus say, son go take that city!!!!!!!

Meditate Luke 8:18


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