These chapters tell of one of the good kings. There is a lot of Old Testament that tells of the bad kings because there were so many. Here is the story of Josiah, one of the good ones, but today's reading sets up the story by talking about some bad kings.
Where God Spoke To Me:
- Nothing jumped out to me today. There will be days like that.
- Verses 1-9 - It's not just that they weren't serving the Lord - it's that they were actively pursuing evil.
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- Verses 26-28 tell the Master's response to the third servant/steward's lack of initiative, or enterprise, in using (wisely or not) what had been provided. Thus, the result is the removal of what had been given. It seems to me, that this not only addresses the use of resources within the church and its ministries/outreach; but, also, to all circumstances and organizations to which Christians are involved. Ex. Christians are involved in a secular organization whose purpose is to provide assistance to individuals caught in poverty and the funds provided are not used; then, is it unlikely the organization will be the recipients of additional funds (like the removal of the talent the third servant had been given)?
"Verse 29 - This sounds unfair, but all it's basically saying is: at the judgment, those who have been faithful in service will be rewarded and have more, while those who have been negligent in their service will have what little they have justly taken away from them."