Reflective Bible Study.
Focus Passage: Luke 19:11-27 (NIrV)Our passage for this journal entry focuses on a parable Jesus shares about a master entrusting his servants with money (a.k.a. talents in some translations). In this journal entry, let’s look a little closer at what the parable says (and doesn’t say) about the 10 servants, and uncover any additional insights hidden within this parable. The first mention of servants is in verse 13: “So he sent for ten of his servants.” This stands out in my mind because the wording leaves open the possibility that this man had dozens of servants, and that these ten are special. It is also significant because the way the following verse is worded, “But those he ruled over hated him.” (v.14). This verse could easily be referring to the servants as a large group, a smaller group of the servants, or those who lived in the region where this important man lived. What I find interesting in these two verses is the implied tension present. There could be tension between the servants who were picked and those who were not, and there is tension because there is a group of people who disliked the fact that this man was going to be crowned king. Each of these ideas brings out an interesting observation in my mind when looking at this parable as a whole. It is very possible that within the seven unaccounted for servants there were some who were not opposed to the king. If this is the case, then these servants were not punished for losing the money that was entrusted to them. With this in mind, while reading this parable, a big idea surfaced: “It is worse to do nothing with the blessings that God has given us with, than to have tried and failed.” If we are honestly working to help the people God brings our way, and in every case, they reject our help (whether the help is financial, work-related, family-focused, etc.), then God is not disappointed in us. God is more interested in helping us be the people He created us to be than to compare ourselves with those who might be more or less talented than we are.(That’s a bonus big idea that came out as I was writing this entry.) This thought was inspired by studying the Walking With Jesus “Reflective Bible Study” package. To discover insights like this in your own study time, click here and give Reflective Bible Study a try today! Read this article on the web on it's official page: Try And Fail vs. Doing Nothing: Luke 19:11-27