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INTERROGATION 21.


WHO IS THAT FAITHFUL

AND WISE SERVANT?

 




Luke 12:

35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

41 Then Peter said unto Him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Jesus interrogates here to disclose what faithfulness God requires of those that are His own. Some are not faithful in even the small things, and are therefore considered unfaithful servants, and are judged for such unfaithfulness. Notice the interrogation in the above passage.

If a business is doing so poorly, that no customers are expected, the workers will likely make sure their chair is comfortable, and there is something else to do. If business is brisk, busy, and thriving, the same workers will make sure they are rested, fed, and able to handle a day of work. If the boss is expected to drop in unannounced, the workers will make sure they are well looking good, and smiling when the boss arrives.

The attitude of the workers depends on their expectations. They respond to the inner expectation, and have things prepared for whatever they expect. The same kind of thing happens in Christianity. If the Christian is expecting the Lord Jesus to make His surprise appearance in the clouds at any moment, they will be about His work, and spiritually excited and ready. If they think the Lord delays His coming, and perhaps is not coming soon at all, they will not be working as hard, and have a lounge chair of resting prepared for a long spiritual slumber.

This attitude of slumber and non-expectancy is a leaven that was amidst the Pharisees. They expected a Messiah, but not soon. They were intent on building their own wealth, their own popularity, and rest on their self designed laurels. The real teachings of the Scriptures were not exciting them, for their expectations were ill-conceived.

Addressing the attitude of the disciples, Jesus alerts them to this leaven, and encourages them to be prepared, be hard working, be ready for a return of the Lord.

Verse 35

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning

One would ‘gird’ their body with provisions, with more attire, with money, if they were getting ready for a trip. Preparing to travel takes much work. Bags need packed, tickets, maps need gathered. When all the preparations are prepared, one does not need to fear departure of the one who is their escort on this trip to leave without them. In this sermon, Jesus is telling the disciples that they need to avoid the leaven of unpreparedness.

 

When the trip was to be made at night, there would be a need of lamps to be lit, to see the arrival of the one coming to pick them up, to be sure that all the preparations were not in vain. To watch for the arrival of the one arriving to escort them, the lamps needed to be ready and in view.

Verse 36

like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding ...

The Lord Jesus is soon to come for us, and we need to be prepared and ready for His coming. Some think this passage refers to those waiting for the second coming, not the rapture, for it sounds like it refers to a time after the marriage supper of the Lamb. However, the only ones still here then, that could be referred to are the Jewish people in Petra, for all the tribulation saints are already in heaven before the marriage supper of the Lamb. This parable, and all other parables are illustrative, and not to be used to find teachings other than the illustration that is to be understood. We are not to be taking lamps, nor our girdings at the time of the rapture. Those things are figurative. The wedding mentioned here, is likewise figurative, only explaining the scenario used to illustrate our need to be prepared.

 

Verse 37

gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them

This passage could be used to show that the marriage supper is after this coming of the lord, for now they sit down to eat together. However, like the passage before, this parable is not meant to teach us the timimg of the events at the end, but only to be used to teach what the Lord is trying to illustrate here, and that is the need to be ready. There is a grand marriage supper of the Lamb where we will sit down with the Lord and feast in joy. We are to be ready. We can use other passages, not parables, to try to discern the timing, but parables are not for that purpose.

The Lord is trying to show here that He will reward His servants for faithfulness.

 

Verse 38

second watch, or come in the third watch

There are two sets of watches. The second and third watches of the night, were 9:00 to 12:00 p.m., midnight. The day watches were 9:00 to 12:00 noon and 12:00 noon to 3 p.m. This is worded this way so that none would think the Lord was telling us that His rapture of the church would be day or night. In fact, it is impossible to speak the hour, or the watch, for the earth is round, and while it may be one time here, on the other side of the world it is twelve hours different. We have night while they have day, so the Lord could not tell us what ‘one’ hour He will come, for when He comes, it will be 24 different hour times in various times of the earth.

Jesus wanted to remove the leaven of unpreparedness, of not expecting the return. He knew, as Paul later explained too, that many would be deceived in the last days, and fall away in the deceit of the leaven of the day.

 

II Thess. 2:3

"Let no man deceive you, by any means, for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (apostasia) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."

Thus, two events will happen before the second coming, the coming of the 'man of sin' which we know as the antichrist, and an event herein described as the 'apostasia'. Many read that 'falling away' and think of an event that is spoken of as the 'apolusa' referring to a great backsliding of many believers... But this is not 'apolusa' but 'apostasia' and this word means "a separation, a removal from, a separation".

As the Amplified Translation tells us this word can be rendered "'a departure' speaking of the church". So this is saying, that a 'rapture' as we would call it, is a prerequisite event, that will happen before the second coming of Jesus.

Many in Thessalonica, if you read the context, had been told, and were believing that the second coming was imminent, and no rapture had happened, and they were in the midst of the 'great tribulation' that had been predicted. They were suddenly then, void of the joy that we who now are expecting the rapture, find.

Paul goes on to tell them more:

II Thessalonians 2:6-8

"And now ye know what withholdeth, (you know what is keeping the Antichrist from coming, so that he does not come earlier than he should) that he (the antichrist) might be revealed in his time.... For the mystery of iniquity doth already work (the evil of the plan of the devil to bring the man of sin, is already working that way...) only he who now letteth, will let, until he be taken out of the way... and then shall that Wicked one be revealed..."

The word 'letteth' means ‘allows’ now, but the original word used here means 'hinders' or 'restrains'. This "he' is the church (see Eph 2:15, 4:15, I Cor. 12:12-13, 27, Eph. 1:22-23, Col. 1:18, 24). The restraining one, the hinderer to the coming of the antichrist is that the church is still here, able to rebuke demons, identify the evil doctrines, and slow down what the devil will try to do with the work of the man of sin during the tribulation.

So Paul is saying that the second coming will not come till after the man of sin comes and does his work for seven years (as we learn elsewhere the length of his stay), and the man of sin cannot come, till after the hindering force is gathered together to Jesus, "raptured", as we call it.

So this pins down the timing of the events. The ones who had false revelations of prophecy to say otherwise, and those who composed a fake letter from Paul to try to teach otherwise, were in error, delusion. A stronger delusion is coming in the tribulation time to such people. That is what this passage teaches. I know that many have tried to explain it differently, poor translation may have made it a bit obscure, but with looking at the original language, it is easy to see that two events, the second coming, and the rapture are being distinguished, so that these saints then, and we today do not need to be in confusion about them.

There were many then, who wanted to believe otherwise so much, that they had the gall to speak false rhema, and to counterfeit a letter, as it were from Paul, to teach their error. There will be many today, who do not want to believe it this way Paul taught it, and will still bitterly oppose this truthful teaching.

Jesus knew that it is vital that we be prepared for the rapture. We need not gather food for seven years, we need not find hiding places, and need not get weapons to protect ourselves for a seven year time of judgment from God. No, we are ‘caught out of harm’s way,’ and need to be ready for that sudden event. If we were truly to go through the tribulation, the return of Jesus would not be a mystery to us, we would know the day. For when the Antichrist defiles the Temple, we know exactly how many days until the second coming. When the abomination of desolation occurs in the middle of the tribulation, the exact number of days from then to the second coming is spelled out. If we were to go through the tribulation, we would not need to be concerned about a secret, surprise coming. The secret and surprise coming is the rapture of the church.

Verse 39

And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched ...

If we know when a thief were coming, we would prepare. The doors would be locked, the alarm system armed, and we would be prepared to defend ourselves. Most would have 9-1, of the 9-1-1 already dialed. We would be more than ready. Yet, many say they believe Jesus is coming soon, and still are unprepared, un-studied on the subject, and apathetic to spiritual things. That does not speak ‘readiness’. It tells others that we do not really believe in the soon coming rapture.

Verse 41

speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? ... Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

The disciples were curious whether the parable about the return of the Lord was to them alone or to all the thousands there. They were a bit concerned, for their desire was to be the faithful and wise stewards, and become ‘rulers’ over the household. There was a bit of hope in them that they were the chief ones, the ones to be honored more than others. The Lord is ‘no respecter of persons, and will reward us according to our faithfulness. There is not honor given for being chosen, but honor given for our faithful service. Judas was one of the disciples who was there then, but he forfeited his blessings due to his unfaithfulness.

 

Verse 42

And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? ...

The Lord wants them to know that He asks that question, and the answer is due to their choice. He is not going to choose some to give great honor, whether they have been faithful or not. He chose 12 disciples, and 11 were faithful. He chose you and I, and if we both are faithful, we will receive great honor from Him. The choice is our own.

 

Verse 43-44

Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

Blessed" means happy, due to faithful care of his master's goods. The blessing comes if we are faithful in the work the Lord gives to us. We will soon be ruling and reigning together with Jesus, if we are faithful.

 

Verse 45

But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

The words ‘in his heart’ indicate this could be just a ‘thought’, and perhaps never voiced openly. The thoughts and intents of our heart are known by the Lord, and if we just ‘think’ that the Lord is delaying, and not coming soon, and therefore begin to live unrighteously, we will be judged for it. We need to have in our heart a living hope for the rapture.

 

The word ‘menservants’ is the Greek word pais (G3816), meaning a child, a boy or girl. This refers to not just ‘unfaithfulness’ but also to cruelty, abuse, and severity against the weak and unprotected. It may refer to children as an age group, or as those young in the Lord, i.e. new Christians.

 

Jesus speaks of several sins of the unfaithful, unprepared, non-expectant ones. Their hearts are turned away from their Master, they abuse younger saints, they become gluttons of things, and are senseless in drunkenness.

 

Verse 46

The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

The Lord will deal with these unfaithful, sinful, rebellious ones. The judgment is to be cut him in sunder, to go into ‘outer darkness, to weep and gnash teeth in agony. Some would say they backslid to this state, others would say they never were saved to begin with. Either way, their end is with the unbelievers.

What is the portion of the unbelievers?

Revelation 21:8 (KJV)

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

Verse 47-48

And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

The servants who know the will of the Master are held accountable for that greater knowledge. Punishment is received according to how much revelation was given, how much mercy was rejected.

An ignorant person receives less punishment. A person who committed a petty crime would be beaten with four to six stripes. The maximum was to be 39 stripes.

In a nation like the United States, where churches are on many corners, and Christians own television and radio stations, where Bible are in most every home, where we can pray and preach without imprisonment, (at least not yet), we have no excuse for ignorance. So, the punishment of those who have sat in many a sermon with ‘repent and believe’ as the emphasis, will be very great.

Our Lord is a good, faithful, honest, and fair Judge. Someday, soon, He shall judge all of us. The criteria for His judgments are revealed in His pre-trial INTERROGATIONS in the Word. If we listen with our spiritual hearts, we shall hear these same interrogations given for us to answer. In our prayer and Bible study times, we need to let these interrogations search our hearts.


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