Expository Thoughts: Luke 19v11-27 – Why Do We Have Misplaced Sympathy For The Wicked Servant In The Parable Of The Ten Minas?

The Aquila Report | 3/19/2019 | Staff
just-me (Posted by) Level 3
Given that the king is clearly meant to stand for God and/or Jesus in the parable this plays into our deep-seated fears that perhaps he is harsh and unfair and will treat us badly. However, this is to read the parable with our cultural eyes, and to miss the real point because of a misplaced sympathy. If we look carefully the details of the parable make clear that the king is not harsh and unfair, but rather generous and just.

Sometimes when we read the Bible we find that our sympathies are drawn to exactly the wrong person. I was reminded of this when we were reading Luke 19v11-27 at Homegroup last week.

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Our initial reaction to the “Parable of the Ten Minas” (which is very similar to the Parable of the Talents in the other Synoptic Gospels) is to feel sympathy for the servant entrusted with the mina, returns it safely to the king, but is then castigated as “wicked” and has the mina taken away from him. It seems unfair and we too readily jump to the conclusion that the king is a “harsh master” who expects too much of his servants and treats them appallingly. Given that the king is clearly meant to stand for God and/or Jesus in the parable this plays into our deep-seated fears that perhaps he is harsh and unfair and will treat us badly.

However, this is to read the parable with our cultural eyes, and to miss the real point because of a misplaced sympathy. If we look carefully the details of the parable make clear that the king is not harsh and unfair, but rather generous and just.

Note the following:

The claim that the king is a “hard man” who “takes out what he did not put in” is not the way that the...
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