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Matthew 24:43-51: A faithful, sensible servant

Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 8, 2012


Matthew 24:43-51 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. (44) You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. (45) “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. (46) If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. (47) I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. (48) But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ (49) and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? (50) The master will return unannounced and unexpected, (51) and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Jesus knew His disciples had the wrong concept of His coming. Now was not the time to explain, but there were certain details He could share to help prepare them. He know once they saw the plan of salvation unfold before their eyes, they would begin to understand. This was all part of God’s plan. He needed people with an open mind as well as an open heart so the lessons they were to teach throughout the world would be directly from the SPIRIT.

 

Once they had the proper concept of His return He wanted them to watch but He did not want the concept of a date to waste their time. Jesus knew the devil would use date setting as a diversion. He knew every generation would have its own self made prophets claiming divine guidance. Looking at the red and orange flames dancing in the fire Jesus once again held back the tears as He thought of the millions experiencing an increase in faith for a season, then quickly falling away once the date had passed. This is why Jesus did not want His disciples to be like the religious leaders. Focusing on their own interpretations blinded them to understanding the true meaning of the scriptures.

 

Faced with the problem of showing His disciples it was important to prepare for His return by being dedicated and diligent, Jesus used a simple example. “Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.”

 

A few low toned chuckles could be heard over the crackling of the flames. The example Jesus gave helped break the tension. Some of the disciples pictured a man staying up night after night guarding his house. They realized the toll such an act would place on anyone with such a nervous attitude. Imagine putting such a value on mere possessions that would eventually take your life. If only such a man would learn to place his trust in God, such a matter could be avoided. Jesus added, “You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”

 

The disciples did not understand the implications Jesus was referring to. Jesus knew the message would be clear in a few days. It wasn’t the proper time to dwell on the matter, but it was time to share another parable with them. Jesus knew His time was quickly approaching. He thought about the prophecy, “”Strike down the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn against the lambs.” (Zechariah 13:7) He did not want His disciples to loose faith and give up. Most of all He did not want them to misinterpret the prophecies and fall pray to the accusations the enemy would attempt to place on their minds. He knew the task would be difficult for them, but He wanted them to remember the example He set. Jesus taught them another parable.

 

“A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.”

 

Jesus was telling them exactly what was going to happen. It was strange His disciples asked Him to tell them about His return. At the moment they were not aware He was about to leave them. He told them before, but the shock was too much for them to bear. When John and James’ mother came asking Jesus to grant them seats at His right and left hand, the disciples placed little concern on the news Jesus shared with them. Instead their minds began formulating plans to impress Jesus so they would receive a higher position then the others. This was still a concern, so Jesus added another side to the parable He was teaching.

 

“But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

The simple parable made sense to the disciples. Some had trouble applying the warning to themselves. It was another important lesson Jesus was trying to teach, every word of God should be considered in a personal application. He knew the Sprit would be teaching them on many levels. They also had to be prepared to teach others to accept the Holy Spirit as their personal guide.

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