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Nov 20, 2009

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David

I just did a post on these parables in Mtt 25 and must admit that I have never been very happy with what people have done with them--especially since the latter part of each of them is usually neglected.

In my post http://ruach.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/three-troubling-parables/ I said, "In the second parable, all three men knew that the master would hold them accountable. All three called him master. Two were faithful and received more responsibility. The one who was fearful was also called wicked and lazy and he was sent to a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Seems harsh just because he was afraid?"

And trying to make sense out of this, I suggested, "All my stuff belongs to him and I should not forget it. I am not to be afraid but to be faithful. Whatever he wants he can have–it belongs to him anyway."

Looking forward to your next post.

Michael W. Kruse

Thanks for the link. I think we are seeing similar things in the parable. I'll elaborate more in the next post but Harrill says that Roman slave owners expected their slaves to be able to on the mind of the master in all the did ... to think and prioritize as the master would. The evidence points to the master being a nobleman yet the third slave apparently acts as though he is dealing with bandit. He doesn't have the mind of the master. So I fully agree that it is about "whatever" the master tell us to do but I think it may point even deeper to our mission of imitating the master.

Travis Greene

Looking forward to more. This has always been a tough one, like the "unjust/clever manager" parable.

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