Saturday, 16 January 2016

Claiming what one possesses to Belong to Oneself is itself to Hate God

The Parable of the Minas is told in Luke 19:11-27. The evil citizens who were under the Master said, "We will not have this man to reign over us" (Luke 19:14). These citizens expressed their hatred of their Master because they hated the thought of their Master being served by the servants to whom he said: "do business till I come" (Luke 19:13). To have stewards of one's possessions signified authority over the citizens. This is what the order to "do business till I come" meant. 

The Parable concludes by saying:

And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.  But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me (Luke 19:24-27).

The Master represents God, and those who said "we will not reign over us" are his enemies. They believed that the Master ordering stewardship was wrong because of their vile hatred for him. This is manifested by their hatred of the Master in the Parable for ordering stewards who did not own any of their master's property, but were to obey him. They believes that what they have is "theirs" when what they have is not only owed to God, but belongs to God and God alone.

The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1).