Pounds

Luke 19:11-27

Jesus met Zacchaeus in Jechico. He told Zacchaeus that he must stay with him that day. And Zacchaeus gladly welcomed him.

Jesus spoke a parable to Zacchaeus and those around him.

Why did he tell this parable?

• because he was near Jerusalem

• because they thought that the kingdom of God would immediately appear

A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom for himself and to return.

He called his ten servants and gave each of them a pound.

The nobleman: Occupy till I return.

But his citizens hated him and sent a message after him.

The message: We will not have this man reign over us.

When he returned, having received the kingdom, then he 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.

The first: Lord, your pound has gained ten pounds.

The nobleman (to the first): Well, you good servant: because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.

The second: Lord, your pound has gained five pounds.

The nobleman (to the second): You shall have authority over five cities.

Another: Lord, look, here is your pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: for I feared you, because you are an austere man. You take up that which you did not lay down, and reap that which you did not sow.

The nobleman (to him): Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, taking up that which I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not sow. Why then didn’t you give my money to the bank, that at my coming I might have gotten my own money with interest?

The nobleman (to them that stood by): Take the pound from him and give it to him that has ten pounds.

Those who stood by: Lord, he already has ten pounds.

The nobleman: More shall be given to every one who has, and even that which he has shall be taken away from him who does not have. As for my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them here and kill them in front of me.

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