14. But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ …..24. And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25. And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26. ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27. But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’
Comment: This is my last devotional on the Gospel of Luke. From here on I dealt with the time of the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem until His resurrection in the time about Easter. If you missed them you can look back and find them. After today I will finish off Proverbs and then choose two other books for the as-i-read-it series.
In these few verses we learn at least 4 things.
- 14. There are people who see God as an enemy. In this modern world we should include in hating the concept of just ignoring God. At any rate the fact is these people did not want the Master to rule over them. They let the master know how they felt.
- 24-26. Someone’s wasted gifts are given to someone else who is already using their given gifts. All must act in obedience and accept responsibility. Failure bears costs.
- 26. ‘Everyone’ takes the relevance of the ‘three’ when assessed about their given gifts.
- 27. Rejection of the master is at a heavy cost.
Prayer: Thank you for the person you’ve made me. I definitely choose not to reject You. Help me to live up to my full potential.