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Matthew 24 - 25: Three Parables from Jesus

I find it fascinating that at the end of Matthew 24 and into 25, we read of three parables; two dealing with the physical second coming and one highlighting the Rapture.  Oh I know there are many who disagree with that, especially if they do not believe in the Rapture at all.  In that case, they do not see anything except three individual parables that point to the physical second coming of Jesus at the end of human history when He will right all wrongs through a process of judgment.  This judgment will literally separate the sheep from the goats, sending the goats off to an eternity of torment and the sheep to an eternity of righteousness.

Parable of the Servants (Matthew 24:45-51)
Here we read of two different servants; one faithful and wise and the other servant, evil.  Jesus points out a significant difference between the two as the parable unfolds.

The faithful and wise servant is recognized because of what he does and we can see this in verses 45 – 47:  “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.”

It is important to notice a number of things going on here.  First of all, Jesus cannot possibly be referring to salvation by works as some think.  There is no way a servant who was not truly saved would be able to rule over the Master’s house in the Master’s absence with righteousness consistently in all situations.  It is only the truly saved individual, the authentic Christian that desires to serve the Lord by doing the things that bring honor to His Name.  This is what authentic Christians do now, during the time that Jesus is physically absent from this planet.  Through faith, we continue to serve Him, looking forward to the day when we will be brought physically into His presence.

Secondly, the faithful servant is considered by the Lord to be wise because he cares for all the other servants in his keep.  Though the Master of the household is not physically present to observe the actions of this servant, and the servant could use the opportunity to take advantage of those in his care, he does not do so.  His actions are such that they bring honor to the Lord even when the Lord is not physically present.

Notice that when the Master of the house returns, He finds this servant doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing.  He was busy working in the Master’s absence, caring for those he was put in charge of and ensuring that they had sustenance.  Ultimately, the “meat” that is mentioned in this text is a metaphor for spiritual meat.  The servant in charge of many people is mature enough spiritually to ensure that those under him, or in his care, are fed spiritually.  He does not provide them with gobbledygook, or with ideas and doctrines that merely tickle the ears.

This servant is faithful because he takes the time to study God’s Word and presents that truth to those in his care.  He wants to see these people grow in their faith, so that they will become spiritual mature and in turn, introduce others to Jesus and help them to become spiritually mature.  It is a never-ending cycle of growth that is precipitated by the proper spiritual concern and care.

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