MAY 9 - Proverbs 9 and Luke 19:15-27

MAY 9 - PROVERBS 9:10 and LUKE 19:12-27
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."
Proverbs 9:10
"And He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, when he was returned having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came saying, Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin. For I feared thee because thou art an austere man; thou takest up what thou layest not down, and reapest what thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down, and reaping what I did not sow. Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? 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 what 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 19:12-27
*Austere - Severe or strict in manner.
Illustration with 9: Three stick men are drawn in single file representing the three men who were given a charge and the #9 (regular 9) is utilized 3 times as a stick tossed over the shoulder with a small bag carrying the talents earned within. Christ expects us to make wise use of all that He has entrusted us with and will call us to account one day.
Many attempts at explaining the "fear of the Lord" abound but none do so excellent a job as this parable in illustrating it.
Our parable asserts that three men have been given a single talent. The first two display a desire to return to their Master with more in hand than what they had been given. The esteem of the Master caused both men to work diligently in His absence and return promptly to Him with a healthy return for His investment in them. Amply rewarded for their wisdom, understanding, and diligence; the Master grants both of them oversight over cities and peoples.
He is pleased by their earnest endeavors to please Him.
He is pleased by their understanding of who He is.
These men have labored in the "Fear of the Lord" and been provided with wisdom and knowledge.
But the last man is subject to a different treatment:
The last man is a lazy man and he isn't commended for anything because he didn't do anything. The Master does not relieve him of responsibility or grant a sympathetic response to the man's excuses. The lazy man was simply foolish and unresponsive. He chose to return to the Master with nothing but the talent given.
What the lazy man put out is what the lazy man gets in return.
Displeased with the idle man's foolishness; the talent is removed along with his position.
He will never stand before this Master again.
God has procured us with the priceless gifts of salvation, sanctification, and adoption as His treasured sons and daughters. Ought we not to desire the esteem of the One who purchased and ransomed our souls?
Should not the "fear of the Lord" transfer into a knowledge and love of Him, prompting us into earnest labors for Him?
What a lot to think about and meditate on today.
1) How does this parable speak to you ... and what is something new you take from it?
2) Is your life a display of your esteem for your Master and are you preparing to meet Him?
3) Who, in your life, displays a "fear of the Lord" and how is it reflected in their day to day living?