The Parables of Jesus
Obedient Servants – Luke 17:7-10

Luke 17:1-10
    1.   Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom
          they come!
    2.   It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should
          offend one of these little ones.
    3.   Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
    4.   And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I
          repent; thou shalt forgive him.
    5.   And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
    6.   And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou
          plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
    7.   But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from
          the field, Go and sit down to meat?
    8.   And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have
          eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
    9.   Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
    10. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable
          servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Verse 1 - Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom
    they come!

    [A] Jesus spoke to his disciples
            [1] So we can  say that Jesus is speaking to us as well.

    [B] It is impossible but that offences will come
            [1] Jesus said that Offences would come         
            [2] Because we are a child of God, and a follower of Jesus, we can expect thing to happen against us
                    [a] We are going to have hardships
                    [b] We will be ridiculed
                    [c] We will have persecution
                    [d] We will have people who hate us and despitefully use us.
                    [e] We will suffer heartache
                    [f] We will have troubles
                    [g] Life will not be easy because we are followers of Jesus and must expect these things to happen        

    [C] Woe unto him, through whom they come
            [1] We are going to suffer hardships from the world and those who are a part of the world
            [2] Those who are used by the world to hurt us, will receive punishment from God’
                    [a] This is good for you and I to remember, for trials will come, but it is not for us to seek revenge for
                            those who are committing the trials against us – instead, we are to love them
                    [b] What we as Christians must try to remember is that the evils that are done against us, are caused by
                            Satan who has his hand on someone causing them to act in the way they are acting.
                    [c] Even so, those committing the acts against God’s people will suffer, unless they repent and make
                            things right with God and with men.

Verse 2 - It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he
    should offend one of these little ones.

    [A] It is better that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he be cast into the sea
            [1] This is a harsh statement
            [2] It would be better for one to be destroyed than for him to cause problems among God’s Children
            [3] It would be better to die pure in heart than to die being guilty of hurting others
                    [a] Just think of the judgment that is to come for the wicked
                    [b] Just imagine being cast into the fires of hell
                    [c] It would be better to die a slow agonizing death than to die after harming one of God’s Children

    [B] Than he should offend one of these little ones.
            [1] Woe to the one who offends one of God’s Children
            [2] All born again Christians are God’s Children
            [3] Woe to one who causes a little child to err in their ways
                    [a] I wonder about those in the school system who teach our children falsely
                    [b] I wonder about a parent who teaches their child to curse, use drugs and many of the other things that
                            they are taught by their parents when they see them or hear them doing these things
            [4] Who to teachers and preachers who fail to teach the truth of God’s word
            [5] Woe to those who cause harm or hurt to God’s people

Verse 3 - Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

    [A] Than Christ reminds his hearers that we must forgive
            [1] If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him
                    [a] According to what Jesus is saying here, it is OK to rebuke someone who does you Wrong
                    [b] When one rebukes, or becomes angry, they must be angry bit sin not
            [2] If he repent, forgive him.
                    [a] If that person who did thee wrong, repents, Christ says we must forgive them
                    [b] What we must remember is that God forgives, therefore we must forgive as well

Verse 4 - And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I
    repent; thou shalt forgive him.

    [A] Here is where it gets harder.
            [1] If he trespass against thee seven times in a day
            [2] If he does the same thing over and over and over

    [B] And seven times in a day he turns to thee, saying, I repent; or I’m sorry

    [C] Thou shalt forgive him
            
    [D] This is probably one of the hardest things we are told to do by Jesus
            [1] If someone hurts you over and over again and each time repents, you are supposed to forgive them
            [2] This is completely different than what our mentality tells us.
                    [a] We usually find it easy to forgive someone if they do something once        
                    [b] We find it a little harder to forgive them if they turn around and do it a second time
                    [c] We find it almost impossible to forgive if they continue to do it over and over again.
            [3] Questions
                    [a] How can one find forgiveness like this?
                    [b] What does Jesus say will happen if we do not forgive others their transgressions
                            [1-a] God will not forgive us for ours
                            [2-a]
Matthew 6:14-15
                                    14. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
                                    15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
                    [c] What does this tell you about forgiveness
                    [d] We, often do the same sins over and over, if we are not willing to forgive our fellowmen when they sin
                            against us over and over, how can we expect God to forgive us?

Verse 5 - And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

    [A] Increase our faith.
            [1] This duty of forgiving offences seemed so difficult to the disciples that they felt the need to increase of faith.
            [2] They felt that they were prone to harbor resentments, and that it required an additional increase of true
                    religion to enable them to comply with the requirements of Jesus

    [B] Jesus has the power to increase the faith of his people.
            [1] Strength comes from him, especially the strength to believe the gospel.
            [2] He is called the Author and Finisher of our faith, as we see in Heb 12:2.

    [C] The duty of forgiving offences is one of the most difficult duties of the Christian religion.
            [1] It is so contrary to our natural feelings;
            [2] It implies that we give up our petty feelings of malice and revenge,
            [3] It is contrary to the maxims of the world, which teach us to cherish rather than to forgive the memory of
                    offences;

Verse 6 - And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou
    plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

    [A] If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed
            [1] The Mustard seed is on of the smallest of the garden seeds
            [2] What did Jesus mean when he said if you have faith as a grain of Mustard seed?
                    [a] If one had pure faith,
                    [b] If one believes completely without doubting
                    [c] If one puts their complete faith in Jesus Christ

Our parable for tonight

Verse 7 - But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from
    the field, Go and sit down to meat?

    [A] Which of you, having a servant,
            [1] It is thought that this parable was spoken with reference to the rewards the disciples were expecting in the
                    kingdom of the Messiah.
                    [a] If you remember, James and John desired for on to set on the right hand of Jesus and the other on the
                            left
            [2] The occasion on which it was spoken cannot be ascertained.

    [B] Jesus spoke this parable, showing them,
            [1] That they should be rewarded as a servant would be provided for; but,
            [2] That this was not the first thing; that there was a proper order of things, and that thus the reward might be
                    delayed, as a servant would be provided for, but at the proper time, and at the pleasure of the master;
            [3] That this reward was not to be expected as a matter of merit, but would be given at the good pleasure of
                    God, for they were but un-profitable servants.

Verse 8 - And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have
    eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith
    I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?

    [A] The Master would not, for the first thing, when he returned from the field, direct the servant to eat and drink.

    [B] Hungry and weary as the servant might be, it would be proper for him to first attend to his master.

    [C] Jesus said this to show his disciples that they were not to be impatient because they did not at once receive the
            reward for which they were looking.

Verse 9 - Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

    [A] Does he thank the servant because he did everything he commanded him to do? I thank not
            [1] The master does not thank the servant for doing what he is supposed to do.
                    [a] That is the servants job
                    [b] That’s what he is supposed to do
                    [c] There is no reward for doing what you are supposed to do

Verse 10 - So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable
    servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

    [A] So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say
            [1] It is no different for the servants of God
            [2] We are commanded to do certain things, and expected to do them because we are a servant of God.
            [3] These things are not things we will be rewarded for
            [4] We may be punished if we don’t do them – but there is no reward for doing them
                    [a] In heaven all rewards are equal
                    [b] You reward will be no greater than mine nor will mine be greater than yours

    [B] We will say to him; We are unprofitable servants.
            [1] We deserve favors.
            [2] We have merited nothing.
            [3] We have not benefited God in any way,
            [4] We have done nothing to place him under any obligation to us.
            [5] If he rewards us, it will be matter of unmerited favor.

    [C] This is true in relation to Christians in the following respects:
             [1] Our services are not profitable to God (Job 22:2); he doesn’t need our aid, and his happiness is not
                    increased by our efforts.
             [2] The grace to do his will comes from him only, and all the praise of that will be due to him.
             [3] All we do is what our duty is;
                    [a] We cannot lay claim to having rendered any service that will bind him to show us favor
             [4] Our best services are mingled with imperfections.
                    [a] We come short of his glory (Ro 3:23);
                    [b] We do not serve him as sincerely, and cheerfully, and faithfully as we ought too
                    [c] We are far, very far from the example set us by the Savior;
                    [d] If we are saved and rewarded, it will be because God will be merciful to our unrighteousness, and will
                            remember our iniquities no more, Heb 8:12.
    
    [D] The fact is, we deserve nothing from God, all we receive from him is a gift, and nothing we have merited