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In other words, this parable told the people how God viewed them, as his defiant and rebellious people who had taken for granted all the privileges he'd given.
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On the other hand, if you were given opportunities to share the love of Christ with others and instead chose to do nothing- you will face the wrath of God.

Mark 4:1-20

The last servant was an example of a person who, over the course of their entire life, could have shared food with the hungry, but chose not to. Could have spent time with the weird person no one else liked, but chose not to. Could have stepped in and stopped a fight between others, but chose not to. Could have shown mercy but chose not to. Could have done something nice for a loved one, but chose not to, ect. It may be interpreted that a principled stand may cost you.

What I see is an article about how the audience of the day may have received this parable. The capitalist lense may not have been the filter through which the ancient audience viewed this parable. We see this now in the context of the entire scope of scripture.

Would the audience of the day have interpreted it this way? If the ancient audience would have looked at this in the way the article describes, does this add information for us to consider.

For instance if it was shameful for the master to manipulate the system for his own gain, what does that say about the system and who contolls it. The ancient mind may have seen economics as a zero sum game. Who is the god of this world? When the parable was delivered, Satan had yet to be defeated in our timine. Could the nature of the system been a consideration? I found this interesting. It did make me question how the initial audience would havery received it, and assuming Jesus knew this, what we might learn from some of the subtleties of the narrative.

We are often too quick to start an argument. It does make me consider the parable more closely with new information.

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Do you think Jesus knew this verse from Isaiah? The Master knows what he is talking about. He said he only says what he hears the Father saying. Wow, what a very naive interpretation. This is a parable, not to be interpreted literally as Rohrbaugh has. I am surprised this website is even offering it. The parable is about the talents that God has given the believers. Talents back then was a currency denomination.

In this case, it is the gifts that God has given each believer. Jesus was referencing the gifts that the believers were given to go out into the world and spread the gospel. It is our duty as bondservants of Jesus to do this. It is the Great Commission.

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The slave who did nothing with his talent received no reward when his master, Jesus returned. In Luke this parable follows the Zachaeus story. He no doubt paid a steep price for that.

Parable of the Faithful and Evil Servants

Jesus also refused to conform to the ruler of the world and look at what that cost him. Actually Richard L. Rohrbaugh is not reading the Bible with ancient eyes but with blind spiritual eyes. May be the western church interpretation is wrong , your interpretation is worse. JESUS spoke with parables, neither to entertain you nor to make you sleep. Consider my interpretation : The slaves are the ministers of the church.

The talents given to them are the believers.

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The work the first two did was evangelism or spreading of Gospel, so that increasing the number of believers. The souls that withstand Gold will alone be accepted.

Here, truly the third minister was lazy. Anyway he kept the souls given to him from falling, but failed to increase the Gold souls. God is caring about the souls, nothing else. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel It defies all understanding and reason. Thank you, Dr. Rohrbaugh, for an interesting piece. I think one of the most important points you raised in your article is the obvious fact that the master himself is a thief — and not only a thief, but probably, in our modern parlance, a psychopath who has no empathy for others.

The third slave in this parable is the only one with the courage to refuse to participate in an act of theft. ANE Wisdom decreed that those who do what the master says will be suitably rewarded. Both Job and Jesus said something very different about our relationship with God. First, he has a much more sensitive understanding of the ancient worldview than he is credited by the majority. So that argument is speculative.

The master and his competitors could have been expected to work to increase their public honour and personal holdings so as to be more active patrons. There is a whole matrix of ideas assumed by the parable but not stated, and Rohrbaugh has a much better grasp of this social ordering.

What he fails to do, though, as noted, is read it in its literary context. But even here, some go too far by drawing an equation between the master, stated to acquire material wealth illicitly, and Jesus. It is a parable. It is an analogy expressed in terms of common everyday life. The way the kingdom spreads is not illustrative of how we are to behave. It is about the master, not a treatise on evangelism. I thought it was about growing the kingdom of God. The first two increased the souls of man for the Lord and the third was given gifts which he did not use to further the kingdom of God.

The viewpoint expressed here does not reflect the clearly stated point of the scripture passage. Why does BiblicalArchaeology. Dean is absolutely correct that this interpretation is a Marxist interpretation. From a purely academic perspective this is just bad scholarship.


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He takes the parable completely out of context as other commentators noticed. A lot of good comments. I would add that Israelis always had a different attitude toward business from that of the rest of the Middle East. Israelis held business in high esteem. All other cultures considered business to be comparable to prostitution. Jesus encourages his servants to invest, meaning going into business. The last servant was just lazy and had the wrong attitude toward his master.