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A Certain Nobleman That Passed out Pounds (11 of 11)
Ken D. Trivette
The parable that Jesus gave in our text was one that the people would have quickly related. It was a story very familiar to a historical incident that had occurred a few years earlier.
King Herod had decreed in his will that Archelaus should succeed him on his throne. Yet, the Jews hated him and did not want him to reign over them. Archelaus went to Rome to confer with Caesar and secure his approval regarding the kingdom. Before he left, he gave large sums of money to many of his friends and gave instructions how that money was to be used in his absence. After Archelaus secured the approval for his reign he returned to Jerusalem to be proclaimed king over Judea. He rewarded those whom he had entrusted money and put to death many of those that had fought him.
The parable that Jesus gave was very similar to what had happened. No doubt when Jesus gave the parable the people thought of Archelaus and the events that had transpired.
The disciples thought that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to establish His kingdom. They did not realize that Jesus was not going to Jerusalem to take up a crown, but rather to take up a cross. To correct their thinking, Jesus gave them the parable of a ''certain Nobleman'' who passed out pounds.
In the parable we see first of all:
1. THE RETURN OF OUR LORD!
''He said therefore, 'A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return''' (Vs.12). It is very obvious that this ''certain nobleman'' is a picture of the Lord Jesus. Jesus has gone away into a far country to receive a kingdom from His Heavenly Father.
The parable reminds us that JESUS WILL RETURN SOMEDAY. One of the great promises of the Bible is the return of the Lord Jesus. In the extreme north of Norway, the residents each year ascends a mountain around January 18, to get a glimpse of the sun after months of darkness. When the first ...
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