Luke 19:11-31 The Lord has need of Donkeys
Intro: In our Study last time we noted that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where he would be CRUCUFIED .
If you are taking notes there are several things that we want to Consider about this Parable .
GOES to far country to receive for Himself a Kingdom
B) 2nd Notice the peoples ANTAGONISTIC reaction toward this Nobleman -
14 "But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We will not have this man to reign over us.'
CNow that is exactly what the people would say a few days later to the
Lord Jesus Himself
We dont want this man to rule over us Caesar is our King
C) Instead They Choose to be ruled and governed by their own passions & DESIRES - than by Jesus Christ
D)What is even more TRAGIC is when men & women who refuse to let
JESUS rule their lives but allow someone else to.
Rajahs there are many like him today
Now that is hard to understand how People will REJECT the LOVING reign of Jesus over them, yet will accept the degrading and brutal rule of someone like the Rajneesh
The thing that is probably the most tragic is when Christians / People who have received Christ as SAVIOR / but not as KING !!
3rd thing to note : He left His servants w/ Responsibility & InstructionsA) Each one was given 1 mina Mina is a pound or a unit of money
equivalent to 3 months wages
B)And they were told DO BUSINESS UNTIL I RETURN !!!!
Note this:Although they were living in a HOSTILE country in a place where the people hated their master & probably hated them for being w/ the Master
SAME IS TRUE FOR US !!!!
Be about the Business of the KINGDOM!!!!!
4TH THING TO NOTE :What happens when the Master Returns ?
5th thing note - spend majority of our time What is the meaning of this Parable & How does it differ from the Parable of Talents found in Matt 25
B)In the Parable of the Pounds here in Luke 19 / TEN MEN ALL GIVEN ONE MINA Master you mina has earned 10 . Has ten ?
SEE In The Parable of the TALENTS we are talking about a VAREITY of gifts
In the Parable of the Pounds here in Luke 19 / TEN MEN ALL GIVEN ONE MINA Master you mina has earned 10 . Has ten ?
SEE In The Parable of the TALENTS we are talking about a VAREITY of gifts
PARABLE OF THE POUNDS EXPLAINED
Now the message of the Parable of the POUNDS IS different because each man was given 1-lbs it speaks not of the Diversity of the Ministries
A) But of theEQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITIES
C) There are certain things that all of us have been given an equal share of to
use for the Lord !!! What are some of those things ?
1) I am going to mention three / sure you can think of others notes
#1 TIME : We all have 24 hrs in a day- all have the same amount of
I DIDNT MAKE THE TIME !!!! - True
It has been said that it is not the length of the story that makes it worth reading, and it is not the length of a life that makes it worth living. Some of the greatest stories are the parables of Jesus. They are very short. Some of the greatest men and women died young but led useful lives.-( IMPACT)
Interesting that The dying words of Queen Elizabeth I were these: "All my possessions for a moment of time." Unfortunately, we cannot buy more time--not one more day, not one more hour, not one more minute.
No one when he is on his death bed says I wish I spent more time at the office
1) Kids grow up too fast / Teens / 20s / 30s / 40s pretty soon 60s & 70s all over seems like yesterday
Speaker and author Carol Kent was on the fast track to being an absentee parent--until her young son, Jason, made a simple observation. She recalls:
"We were eating breakfast together, and I had on an old pair of slacks and a fuzzy old sweater. He flashed his baby blues at me over his cereal bowl and said,'Mommy, you look so pretty today.' I didn't even have makeup on! So I said, 'Honey, why would you say I look pretty today? Normally I'm dressed in a suit and high heels.' And he said, 'When you look like that, I know you're going some place; but when you look like this, I know you're mine.' Pierced her heart result made some radical changes in schedule
I Recently felt the Lord impress upon me that I needed to Limit my overseas travel or extended ministries trips to once a year / 2 REASONS
Get this Did you know that the average American watches 7 ½ hrs of TV per day ? 7 ½ hrs . What a waste of TIME
60% felt that was a good use of their time !!!
I wonder how much of an impact TV has made on that ?
How much time does it take to read from Genesis to Revelation? If you would read the Bible (slow enough to be heard and understood) the reading time would be seventy-one hours. If you would break that down into minutes and divide it into 365 days you could read the entire Bible, cover to cover, in only twelve minutes a day
Time is life--nothing more, nothing less. The way you spend your hours and your days is the way you spend your life.
Let the year be given to God in its every moment! The year is made up of minutes: let these be watched as having been dedicated to God! It is in the sanctification of the small that hallowing of the large is secure.
G. Campbell Morgan,
1)SO FIRST EQUALITY OF TIME !!!!!!
2nd equality of TITHE :
1) Touched on Before - Not go into as much - EQUAL TITHE
Now I believe that we are going to find ourselves before the Lord like these men have to give an account of our tithe
B)3rd EQUAL TESTIMONY - Divide into 2 parts -
1st EQUAL MESSAGE - We all have been given the gospel
C) All given the same powerful message that is able to transform our lives
2nd all have a story TESTIMONY- OF What Jesus has done FOR US
1) Some saved from / others saved out of All have a Story!!
We all have an equal testimony A powerful message that in one way or another has changed our lives! /SO Equal /Time / Tithe / Testimony
2COR. 5: 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.Useful or not Useful
b) All of us are going to stand before the Lord to give an account ofTime- useful or not Useful / Resources Spend wisely / invest in Kingdom
According to this Parable the reward for being RESPONSIBLE for what the Lord has entrusted to us is : Given more RESPONSIBILITY
C)Clue about kingdom: heaven - not clouds harps - No! Huge
responsibility in the KINGDOM . Based on what weve done here
D) You might be thinking:if the reward for work is more work then why
work?/ LISTEN : You will care in eternity!
Walvoord "overwhelming emotion in heaven after seeing and clearly understanding what Christ has done: Our overwhelming reaction will be Lord what can I do for you!"
Now the fact of the matter is : Some wont get to do very much! Because didnt use opportunities here
C) Bumper sticker work for the Lord it might not pay much but the retirement benefits are out of this world!
SO Jesus knowing that he is about to die and so he takes time to emphasize this truth about service
A) Faithful now blessed with more / here as well as in ETERNITY
Now you still might be thinking - God just cant use me or when I try to serve the Lord I just seem to mess up!
A) Good news for you! Quickly look at a couple of verses- V.28
28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29 And it came to pass, when He came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples,
30 saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.
31 "And if anyone asks you, 'Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of it.'"
Leaving Jericho passes Bethany / Mt. Olivet coming towards Jerusalem
Jesus instructs His Disciples to go & get a Donkey
Note this Jesus says If anyone asks why are you taking this animal tell themthe Lord has need of him!
C.)Listen: Our Lord has chosen to place himself in a
where He has need!
Why chose to become poor? One reason: He might partner with us in what He is doing
He has determined from before the world was created to use people like you and me!
B.) If it was a White stallion felt different Im no stallion Rocky
Italian stallion/ Donkey I can relate to Dumb / Stubborn / Strong Willed
1) It is a great picture of Us
LISTEN - The Lord has need of donkeys!
A) BUT notice Before Ridden He needed to be released ../ LOOSED !!
Guys THAT IS what we are about helping people get released/ loosed
Jesus came seek save lost! Proclaim that
D.)RAISED Laztake off the grave clothes I raised him - you loose him
That is what is happening when we Come here grave clothes are coming off Little by little as we grow in the Lord !!!!
A) We are getting freer and freer
B) So before the Donkey could be Ridden it needed to be Released
C) But Also Before it could beReleased it needed to be Redeemed -
Ex 13:13 13 "But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And all the firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem.
Now this is an interesting Scripture where the Lord instructed that Whenever a donkey was born a lamb had to die so donkey could live!
B) Interesting to me that in that same verse the Lord is speaking about redeeming a Donkey / then Sons connection
1) We can be a lot like DONKEYS - Stubborn / Strong willed Etc.
C) Our Jesus came as the Lamb of God / came to REDEEM US so that we would have to have our NECKS BROKEN .
S0 The Lord wants to ride us and use us!
B) Presently HEINSTRUCTS US - Be faithful WHAT GIVEN & Do
business UNTIL I COME AGAIN!!
C) HE Takes the little we have & partners with us to do great things!
Easter: OPPORTUNITY --
Have You accepted the Rule of Christ in Your Life ? Have to serve Somebody Self / Devil or JESUS