About the parable of the ten minas and what God requires from us

Published on 19 July 2023 at 21:10

11 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. 12 Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’


15 “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ 19 Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’

20 “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 21 For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’


24 “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ 25 (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) 26 ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’” (Luke 19:11-27)

This parable shows a man who delivered ten minas to his servants. God gives responsabilities to people and in a way, everyone will be held responsible for his actions. It is said that after giving these minas the man departed. The meaning of this parable is not that God departs, but it is a representation of how He works. The man wasn’t always there to remind his servants to invest those minas and threaten them if they wouldn't do it. He left them to decide. God doesn’t want people to obey Him because they fear punishment, but because of love. One day when the judgment comes, He will ask each person to give an account but till then, we are responsible for our actions. That’s why He, in a way, “departs” exactly like the man of this parable. This explains why it looks like many people are now left to do whatever they want and even keep doing evil without getting punished for their deeds. God doesn’t force anyone to obey Him.
People contradict themselves when they say: “We don’t need God and His counsel. We created all this alone and can perfectly make it without Him.”, and at the same time, when something wrong happens, they say: “Where is God now? How would He allow this to happen?”
God is not far from us. He said in His word that He will always be close and will never leave us (Matthew 28:20). This promise is for believers, though. God has sent His Holy Spirit, who is part of the Trinity and is God Himself, to accompany them. He still cannot be present with His complete justice now, as no one would escape, not even the believers. He is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). This is what the parable in Luke 19 means by saying that He departed. That’s why He is preparing those who believe in Him for the day they will meet Him. In the parable, it is also said that there were people who didn’t want Him to reign. He didn’t judge them at that very moment. He left them in case they changed their mind. God has disclosed everything in this time of mercy. It is up to us if we live the way we want without caring, just to await judgment, or we prepare ourselves to meet Him. Still, we cannot do this alone, and we need His help.

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