The Parable of the Minas!!! 
 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’  But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’ “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’  And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’  Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’  “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay  them  before me.’”…………. Luke 19:11-27 
In our previous Study, we considered the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the way the people reacted to the Lord. Today, we shall be considering the Parable of the Minas. This parable is very similar to the Parable of the Talents so we shall concentrate more on their differences. 
Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.: As we have considered in an earlier study, the Jewish people were constantly expecting the Messiah to come and set up an Earthly Kingdom where the Romans who ruled them at that moment will be defeated and the Jews will be the rulers of the whole world. Now we know from the Bible that one day, Jesus will come set up His throne in Jerusalem and establish a thousand years of peace but that is still in the future during the Millennium reign of Christ. So Jesus had to correct their wrong thinking by this parable for all those who thought that Kingdom of God was going to appear immediately and externally. 
Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.:This nobleman is a picture of Jesus himself who has gone back to Heaven and when the time comes to receive the Kingdom of the Earth for himself, then He will return. We read of that time in Revelation 11:15 which says, ” The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” There is only going to be one Kingdom then and it is going to be that of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.: But now, what we need to be taken up with is not the coming of the Kingdom externally to rule the Earth. We need to be taken up with the task the Lord has committed to us and that is the essence and meaning of this parable. 

Notice that this parable is quite different from the Parable of the Talent(Matthew 25 :14-29). In the parable of the Talent, the Master called three Servants. One was given Five talents, the other was given two talents and the last was given one talent. In the Parable of the Talent, the emphasis was on different abilities given to different God’s Servant. For example, in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, All of us are not given the same. Some are given Five, some two and others one. So more is expected from those that are given more. The one given five talent was expected to produce five more(100%). The one given two is expected to produce an extra two and the one given one is expected to produce only one extra. 

But in this Parable of the Minas, there are Ten Servants and they were all given the same quantity. That is they were given one Mina each. Notice what that verse says again, ” He called TEN of his servants, delivered to them TEN Minas”. And they were to do business with it. So definitely this refers to some area in our lives where we are all given the same abilities. And this is not referring to the gifts of the Holy Spirit because we don’t have the same measure of the gifts of the Spirit. So let’s see one or two area where all believers have exactly the same opportunities. For example, Time : All Believers have exactly 24 hours of Everyday.  Lust in the Flesh : All Believers have exactly the same Lust in their Flesh that they can overcome. All our us have a body and we have the same opportunities to overcome the Sin that seeks to reign over us. 
But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’: This speaks of the unbelievers who hated Jesus and will never submit to His dictates over them. This is how it was with the Jews. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.(John 1:10-11).
And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. : This refers to the second coming of Christ after receiving the Kingdom for himself. Notice He does not deals with his enemies first but his Servants. Indeed Judgement will begin from the Household of God!!! 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, ” For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the BODY , according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”. We all have the same body. One body each!!! Just like this Slave has one Mina each. So we can say that Mina is a picture of our body. What have you done with your body? What have you done with your eyes? What have you done with your ears, your tongue? A housewife sitting at home taking care of six children has the same Lust in her body with an Apostle traveling up and down and planting churches. They are both tempted to get angry, both tempted to be impatient, both tempted with the Love of money. Temptation that comes to all of us are exactly the same. In fact, we are told in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that, ” No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man”. So here we are equal. One body with the same temptation. 
Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’  And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.: I perceive the first Man was saying, “Master, This one body that you gave me has produced so much back for your glory!!”. 
And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’  Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’: This Servant could have produced Ten Minas just like the first Servant but He was not as faithful as the first.  Notice that there is a difference between the rewards given to this Servant. The first Servant was to have authority over ten cities but the second Servant was to have authority over five cities.

Unlike the parable of the talents. In the parable of the Talent, the master gave the servant that made extra five and extra two the same commendation which is, ” Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” 
Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ The Servant who hid His Mina had a wrong concept of God. He thought God was a hard, demanding Master who reaped where He has sown nothing. God is not like that!!! God is so tender, compassionate, totally understanding and forgiving. He is not a hard Person at all. When we have a wrong concept of God, the result is that we waste our lives and the body God has given to us. To keep our Mina in an handkerchief means to use your body only for yourself. When you use your eyes to read what you like, you use your tongue to speak what you like, or you use every part of your body to please yourself, this is exactly like putting your Mina in an handkerchief. We need to have a proper Understanding of God as a Loving Father if we want to be effective in our service for Him. There are many Christians who think of God as a very hard Legalistic who is sticky about Rules. And the reason for this misunderstanding is that Many Preachers have   portrayed God like that. The way some Preachers are sticky about little rules gives people the impression that God is like that. God is not like that. He is totally unlike any Preacher you have ever seen. He is the kindest and the Most compassionate Person in the universe. Very easy to talk to. He is not bothered whether You stand or kneel when You talk to Him. He is not bothered whether Your tenses are correct or wrong. He is not a Police Man always Looking for areas where you are at faulty. He is a Father who looks at His Child with pity. He cares for us just like a mother cares for her Sucking Child. But this Servant did not know that. His wrong understanding of God prevented Him form using that which the Lord gave Him. Is that possibly true in your life as well? God gives you things but You did not use them because of your wrong understanding of God. 
And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’: This is exactly what the Lord will say to all those who have failed to use the body He has given unto them for his glory. It is Laziness and wickedness that makes people use the body the Lord has given unto them anyhow. 
And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.: Many are going to lose their salvation. Those who use their body to indulge in sin. Romans 8:13 says ” For if you live according to the flesh you will die; ” many who are faithful with their bodies in time of Temptations will be rewarded greatly. 
But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay  them  before me.’”: Finally, after  judgement has been passed to those in the Household of God, the Lord deals with those who never allowed him to rule over them. 
Dear Friend, Behold, Jesus is coming quickly, and His reward is with Him , to give to every one according to their work in the body. Remain faithful and when the Lord returns, it will worth it all. May the Lord give us Grace to do business with the one body that the Lord has given us to His Glory(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day. 
#Everyday with Jesus. 

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