Jesus parable in Luke
13 “Put this money to work” is one Greek word and it
gain by trading” and “to do business with.” They were given
something that belonged to “a man of noble birth.” They were
suppose to work for the man in his place while he was
verse 14, another group is introduced as “his subjects”
who “hated him”.
Apparently, in the noble man’s absence there
1) His servants,
who had been given a portion to be responsible for
and to do business with. 2) Subjects of his
domain, but not his servants. These subjects were
against the noble man and so they would have been
opposed to his servants carrying on his
The servants who were faithful to their
assignments and carried on business in a potentially
dangerous environment were rewarded cities for their
increase in coins.
(A “mina” was a coin worth 100 drachmas or 100
days of pay.)
servant started with one mina. Ten servants
turned in results.
We only have three of them. One produced 10,
unproductive servant had his information about the noble
He did not live in the way the master told him
noble man said “put this money to work” but instead he
hid the coin.
He suffered loss upon the return and judgment of
the noble man.
evaluation of the two groups (servants and
Servants (Believers) i) Productive: Coins turned
ii) Unproductive: Loss— “Even what he
has will be
Subjects who hated him (unbelievers) i) “But those
enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over
them—bring them here and kill them in
front of me.”