The Parables of Jesus # 3
Faithful and Wise Servant

  Tonight we will be looking at the third of the parables of Jesus, which is found in Matthew 24:45-51 and in Luke 12:
42-48.

Matthew 24:34-51
  34. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
  35. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
  36. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
  37. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
  38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
        until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
  39. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
  40. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
  41. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
  42. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
  43. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have
        watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
  44. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  

  [A] The actual parable we will be looking at is found in Matt. 24:45-51, but to understand what Jesus Was             
          speaking of, we must go back a bit and look at the verses proceeding it. Jesus had been teaching the
          disciples what signs to be looking for when the time came for him to return. Then he aid what we find
          recorded in these verses.

 [B]
Verse 34 - Verily I say unto you; this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
          [1] This generation
                  [a] This age; this race of men.
                  [b] A generation in the bible is usually considered to be about thirty or forty years.
                         [1-a]  Jesus didn’t return and rapture the church away during that generation, so he must have
                                  meant something different.
                         [2-a] If we consider it to mean this race of men, that would mean the race of the Jews – This race of
                                  men will not pass away before I return again. Considering everything the Jews have gone
                                  through, this is a promise they should grab hold to.
                  [c] The destruction of Jerusalem took place about forty years after Jesus spoke these words. This is
                          when the temple was destroyed and Jerusalem was ransacked by the Romans. Even so the Jews
                          continued to exist.
          [2] It’s obvious that Jesus was not referring to his coming again and the world ending, although many of the
                  things he talked about are signs of his coming and signs we are seeing right now in our time.

 [C]
Verse 35 - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
         [1] Heaven and earth shall pass away.
                  [a] What Jesus meant was that you could sooner expect to see the heaven and earth pass away and
                          return to nothing, than for his words to fail.
                 [b] It was Jesus, who formed the world and the heavens,
                 [c] It was and is Jesus, who is the word of God that became flesh and dwelt among us.
                 [d] It is the words of Jesus which make up the bible we read
                         [1-a] Evil men have tried to destroy the word since the beginning of time, and they have failed
                         [2-a] Even after all the heavens and earth are gone, the word will still remain.

  [D]
Verse 36 - But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
          [1] But of that day and hour
                  [a] The precise time of Christ coming is hidden from us.
                  [b] He gave us signs to be looking for that show us his coming is near
                  [c] Questions
                         [1-a] Why doesn’t the Lord want us to know the exact time of his coming?
                         [2-a] Why did he give us signs?
                         [3-a] Since Jesus left to go back to heaven, folks have believed they were living in the last days,
                                  how can this be?
         [2] Knoweth no man, no, not even the angels
                 [a] Even the angels in heaven do not know when Jesus is coming
                 [b] Questions
                         [1-a] Why would this event be kept secret from the angels?
                         [2-a] Why doesn’t Jesus want us or the angels to know when he is coming?

 [E]
Verse 37 - But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
         [1] The coming of the Son of man will be as it was in the days of Noah:
                  [a] He will come suddenly and unexpectedly
                         [1-a] Even Noah did not know when the flood would come,
                         [2-a] God told him to build an ark, and all he was to do, but he did not tell him when the rain would
                                  start
                         [3-a] While Noah waited, he preached repentance to the people around him, warning them of the
                                  coming disaster, but they would not listen
                         [4-a] When God was ready, he told Noah to go into the ark and then God shut the Door
                         [5-a] Even after the door was shut, and Noah and his family was in the ark along with all the
                                  animals, the rain did not start until seven days later. BY then the people thought that Noah
                                  was crazy.
                  [b] The precise time of Christ coming will not be made known, although there will be preaching and
                          warnings given.
                          [1-a] Noah warned the people
                          [2-a] He preached repentance – but they would not listen        
          [2] The world will be found going about their business as usual when he comes just as it was then.
                 [a] There will be widespread unbelief
                 [b] There will be a form of Godliness, but the people will deny the power thereof
                 [c] For the most part, most will not believe he’s coming at all
                 [d] There will be great wickedness throughout the world

 [F]
Verse 38 - For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in
          marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
          [1] Everyone will be acting like time will never end and like they will never have to answer for anything they
                  are doing.
          [2] Life will be continuing on, with no-one worrying about Christ coming, instead everyone will be concerned
                  only about themselves and what fun they can have today.
          [3] Christ coming will be a total surprise to all those who don’t believe.
                 [a] Even after the saints are gone, the unbelievers will not believe
                 [b] Some think that the disappearance of the Christians will be blamed on UFO Abductions

  [G]
Verses 39-41 - And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the
          Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be
          grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
          [1] Many people will be left because they did not believe in Christ and were not watching for his coming.
          [2] I can’t help but believe these verses are referring to the here and now.
                 [a] Two will be together and one will die and the other is left.
                 [b] It may also be referring to the end when Christ separates the lost from the saved and takes the
                          saved with him to heaven and leaves the lost to face tribulations

 [H]
Verse 42 - Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
         [1] Here we find the warning that so many are failing to heed in today’s society
         [2] Jesus is warning us to watch for his coming
                 [a] This is why he will not tell us when he is coming, He wants us watching and waiting, not partying and
                          living for Satan up to the last minute, than repenting
                 [b] If we watch for his coming we will remain true to him and follow his Commandments
         [3] Because we do not know when he will arrive, we must always be watching for his arrival so that we do not
                  miss him.
 
  [I]
Verse 43 - But know this, that if the Goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he
          would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
          [1] But know this
                 [a] He’s saying, “Listen up, there is something you need to know”
          [2] If the Goodman of the house knew the thief was coming he would have been watching
                 [a] Christ is coming at a time when we do not know
                 [b] He is coming as a thief in the night
                 [c] If the owner of the house would place a guard on his house at all times, the thief could not break in –
                          but if he lets his guard down, and the thief comes, he will be robbed.
                 [d] If man starts to doubt that Jesus is coming, Satan has no problem getting hold of him and causing
                          him err. If the man is waiting and watching, Satan has no opportunity to cause him any harm.

  [J]
Verse 44 - Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  
         [1] Be ye also ready.
                  [a] Lu 21:36 says, that he charged them to pray always, that they might be accounted worthy to escape
                          those things--the judgments coming upon the wicked--and to stand before the Son of man-- to
                          stand there approved by him, or admitted to his favor.
                  [b] He also charged them Lu 21:34 to take heed, and not to suffer their hearts to be overcharged with   
                          surfeiting, or too much eating, or drunkenness, or the cares of this life, lest that day should come
                          upon them unawares; things improper if there were no judgment-- peculiarly mad and wicked when
                          the judgment is near
         [2] Jesus is coming soon, and only those who are ready to go with him will be taken with him, those who are
                  waiting and watching, will be taken, those who have tired of waiting and returned to their old ways, will
                  be left.

Matthew 24:45-51
  45. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat
          in due season?
  46. Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
  47. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
  48. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
  49. And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
  50. The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware
        of,
  51. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and
        gnashing of teeth.
 
  [A]
Verse 45 - Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give
          them meat in due season?
          [1] Who then is a faithful and wise servant,
                  [a] By the conduct of the faithful and wise servant he shows that he is a faithful Christian, And a servant
                          of God,
          [2] Whom his lord, his master.
                  [a] This is referring to Christian teachers and followers of Christ  who are appointed to be by Jesus who
                          is their Lord and Master        
         [3] Over his household. His family.
                  [a] Christians are the servants of God appointed to be over and a part of the church, and the family of
                          Christ
                  [b] This could also mean over the families God has given us – parents are the greatest teachers that a
                          child will ever have.
         [4] Meat in due season.
                  [a] The word meat here means food of all kinds.
                  [b] Those who are found worthy, will receive their reward
         [5] In due season
                  [a] When the time comes.
                  [b] When rewards are handed out.
 
  [B]
Verse 46 - Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
         [1] Blessed is that servant
                 [a] This refers to all of God’s servants
                 [b] Those who are watching and waiting for the Lord – those who are working diligently to further his
                          kingdom – those who are following him and keeping his commandments will be blessed.
         [2] Whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
                 [a] Doing what?
                 [b] Those who are doing the will of Christ and waiting and watching for his coming will be blessed, and
                          why not, for when he comes they will be going with him back to heaven.
 
  [C]
Verse 47 - Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
          [1] Shall make him ruler,
                  [a] In that day Christ shall confirm his appointment over his household,
                  [b] As a reward, He will shall place him over all his property.
                  [c] Faithful servants of Christ shall be rewarded. What better reward than to receive eternal life in
                          heaven.
 
  [D]
Verse 48 - But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
         [1] This is were many are at today
                 [a] Far too many people have stopped watching for Christ return
                 [b] Far too many people believe they can live it up and do anything they want and Christ will not punish
                          them.
         [2] On that day when Christ returns, many will be weeping and wailing because he came and they were left
                  behind.
                  [a] Why do people fail to believe what the bible says?
                  [b] Why don’t they want to hear the signs of his coming?
                  [c] Do they think if they don’t talk about it, he won’t come?
 
  [E]
Verse 49 - And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
          [1] Smite his fellowservants,
                  [a] This is the conduct of a wicked servant, who, supposing he would not be called to account, and       
                          abusing his authority,
                  [b] Questions
                          [1-a] If on does not have to answer for his sins, what is the use of trying?
                          [2-a] If Christ is not coming again, if there is no final judgment – what is the sense in following the
                                  bible and listening for the voice of Jesus?
          [2] To eat and drink with the drunken
                  [a] The wicket servant gives himself up to oppression, carousing, and debauchery.
                  [b] Questions
                          [1-a] How many in the Christian community falls under this catergory?
                          [2-a] In the society in which everything goes, how can we keep people form acting in such a
                                  manor?        
                  [c] There are just about as many people committing sin within the members of our Churches as there
                          are on the outside.
                          [1-a] Every sin that’s committed on the outside is being committed by church members as well
                          [2-a] It has been said that 60% of all ministers look at pornography.
                          [3-a] Church members commit adultery – and live together without being married
                          [4-a] Church members go to the bars and night clubs where they drink and party
                          [5-a] Church members steal
 
  [F]
Verse 50 - The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour
          that he is not aware of,
          [1] Those who are partying and living it up, so to speak, will be surprised when Jesus comes,
          [2] They will be weighed in the balance and found wanting.

  [G]
Verse 51 - And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be
          weeping and gnashing of teeth.
          [1] That servant who is not found watching and waiting for Christ return will be severely Punished.
          [2] He shall receive the same treatment as the hypocrite does
          [3] He shall be cast into a place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth – hell