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OCCUPY

[size=14][i][color=blue]...Occupy till I come."[/size][/i][/color]
[size=9]from Luke 19:13[/size]

As the global protest movement "Occupy" slogs into its fifth month, I'm reminded of another command to do the same. Only this "occupy" has a much different meaning, and was issued nearly two thousand years ago. The command was given through a parable told by our Lord Jesus Christ, while lodging in Zaccheus' house in Jericho, en route to His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is recorded for us in [url=http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Luk&c=19&v=1&t=KJV#1]Luke 19[/url], vv11-27, and is often called 'The Parable of the Ten Minas, or Pounds'.

Aside from Jesus' command for us to "Occupy till [He] comes", my recall of the parable was a bit weak. Actually, pretty rusty. So, I thought I'd better revisit the whole chapter (see previous link). Why was this parable told? More to the point, how exactly should we as believers occupy till He comes? Am I 'occupying' according to Jesus' command, or more like that of the current protestors?

The term "occupy" is used in the KJV. Some others use the full definition of the word as it was commonly used at the time of translation of this version. [url=http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G4231&t=...'s G4231[/url] [Greek] for this verb, "occupy", lists the transliteration as 'pragmateuomai', and in this passage means to 'carry on a business' - further, 'the business of a banker or trader'. Therefore, some versions will have this verse read as, "Do business till I come", or "Trade till I come".

Jesus told this parable to correct a misunderstanding His disciples and followers had about His purpose for entering in to Jerusalem. They thought His establishment of the kingdom of God on earth was imminent, despite having been told directly by the Messiah that He had to go away to receive this kingdom, and then return to rule and reign in all power and glory.

Luke 19:11-13 reads:
[size=10]11[/size]And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. [size=10]12[/size]He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. [size=10]13[/size]And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them,[color=blue] Occupy till I come.[/color]

This parable is so rich. An amazing analysis of how grace operates. At the same time, it's sobering. I'm certain I can't do it justice in this post, for so many reasons. Not the least of which is, I need to study it further myself. There are so many good commentaries written on this passage...

Briefly, the nobleman represents Jesus Christ. The ten servants are believers who are given ten minas (a mina is said to have been about 4 months wages). They are dispensed equally among them; one each. The nobleman instructs them to "occupy", or do business, with that sum of money until his returns. No date of return is given to his servants. The ten minas, or pounds, represent the gift of the Gospel freely given to each believer.

In the parable, there are other citizens of the nobleman's country who hate him and don't want him to be the ruler of their country. They send a "delegation" to the far country to protest the crowning of the nobleman over them. Some commenators tell of an interesting historical parallel to this story which involved Archelaus, Herod the Great's son. These citizens represent non-believers who do not want the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They actively rebel against him, rejecting His gift of salvation.

When the nobleman king returns, he calls the ten servants to give an account of the business, or trade, they did when he was absent. There are three of the ten servants who give an account and are featured in the parable. Two servants increased the money from investing wisely, while the third did nothing but keep the original mina in a handkerchief/piece of cloth. All three receive 'rewards' proportional to their service. In another sense, as one commentary states, the rewards for the first two who faithfully 'occupied' in the nobleman's absence "far exceed the service".

The third servant, however, had excuses for why he did not invest the mina in the nobleman's absence. It seems he blames it all on the nobleman for not only being a 'harsh' master, but a thief as well. His attitude is not much better than those rebellious citizens. He had carelssly kept the mina in a handkerchief, not even burying it as was the custom in the Jewish culture back them for keeping gifts of great value safe. He was so lazy, he didn't even bother to put it in a bank (lender's table) where it could have earned some interest. In essense, he told the nobleman that he didn't think it fair to have to do the all the work and then have the nobleman reap the benefits of his hard work upon return. This third servant is said to represent false believers.

The nobleman then judges that third servant "by [the servant's] own words". He takes away his one mina and and gives it to the servant who increased his to ten. The false servant is stripped of everything. Such a powerful example of what happens when one who is faithless abuses grace.
Then, the nobleman deals with the rebellious citizens - His enemies who hate him. They are slain in His presence.

As John MacArthur wrote in his sermon [url=http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/42-240]Fitting Rewards From the Returning King[/url]:
There it is in one story...rewards for the faithful, rejection for the false, retribution for the foes. Where are you? What group is your group? All under the sovereignty of the King.

~So, I have to ask myself...how am I going about 'occupying' until He comes? Am I taking His gift of grace - God's Riches At Christ's Expense - and using it for His glory alone? Am I exercising faith in Him, in all things? Do I ask Him for opportunities to share the good news about our Savior?
Or, am I just operating under false pretenses, like the third servant - or many of the Occupy protestors, who set up tents in town squares and give the appearance they will remain for the cause - only to go home to a hot meal and a warm bed at night?

This parable gives me so much to consider. I hope it does the same for you. If you get the chance, and care to do so, please share your thoughts and what you are doing to "occupy" until He comes.

I pray that we as as believers will be found as the first two servants upon the Nobleman's return - having been faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ, going about His business for as long as He tarries.

~L

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LMD I’m just trying to study

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I’m just trying to study more and deeper. I’m getting to be lactose intolerant and want something solid.

It is my personal opinion that this nation is spilling over with mockers, scorners, and is going into judgment from The Almighty One. We have been blessed abundantly and much is required.

The US Supreme Court in the middle 1890s had to decide a court case of a church Vs state issue and through their exhaustive review of the founding father’s writings determined that these united states were a Christian nation. Now, less than 100 years later every imaginable evil has stained our people. It is obvious that the simple knowledge of right and wrong is no longer a common attribute.

That said, we need to flush the situational ethics taught at the public cesspools of education and return to the God of our fathers.

I am awaiting a sample packet of pro Ten Commandment items which would include bumper stickers, flags, posters, I’m not certain what all. If I don’t even know if I am committing a transgression or not against eternal law and an Eternal Law Giver, then I better get busy and learn some law. Exodus 20 and Deut. 5.

Unmerited Favor is not a license to lie, cheat, steal, murder, commit all manners of sexual improprieties, (so the law hasn’t been totally done away with) but rather that Favor is given to those who love God and want to please Him. We please God in part by seeking Him with all our energies as one pursuing the love of their lives. We escape being judged by the law by knowing it and pursuing the wisdom found therein.

People who are relying on what their one hour a week pastor is teaching them are not wise nor are they taking their eternity seriously. I’m expecting to be wanting to serve my Master, and I want Him to recognize my name when my resume comes across his desk.

There is a day coming when people will be turned away by The Judge and they will ask “ didn’t we cast out demons, and heal the sick, and raise the dead, in Your Name?” and He tells them to depart, He never knew them. Ponder than one for a few minutes.

Anyway, the guy on the podcasts has my ear but many of the modern day “Christians” will discount and scoff, but if you can spend some occasional time to listen, it is audio only so easy to download with dial-up, go to

www.thekeystonetreasure.org

go to the podcast page and look for William Dean as the teacher. Also there is a very smart man who merely calls himself “anyman” in these podcasts who is well worth listening to also. These two men are Hebrew minded in their presentations. The first many thousands of Christians were Jews (possibly some Hebrew stragglers) but in essence the gentiles were later. Read Deut. 28, the blessings and curses and see if that doesn’t sound like a letter addressed to us.

I believe Mr. Dean has mentioned that he on the front lines supported Judge Moore during that battle over the Ten Commandments a few years ago.

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LMD I’m just trying to study

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Thanks, KR. That's exactly what we've been doing as well.

"We" can get caught up in what this world has to offer, even 'stuff' that seems 'righteous' in the moment, in the season. I'm reminded of this every time a major election rolls around. It's right to support a Bible-believing candidate, but (and these are just my thoughts) it is wrong to be more fervent over getting that person elected than maintaining and strengthening our walk with Christ. Years ago I grew weary of my superficial 'strolls' with Him and am buckling down, so to speak. The answer to our problems, in particular, our nation's problems, doesn't rest in a particular candidate running for an earthly election.

Regarding the group at Keystone Treasure and William Dean. I've listened to a few of the podcasts. I've searched for more information about Dean but haven't come up with any more articles he may have written, etc. Do you know of any?
It's been said before by you and others; we have lost the fear of the Lord...this country might (and that's a big 'might') elect someone who is a Christ follower, but that is not where our salvation lies.

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Regarding the group at

Regarding the group at Keystone Treasure and William Dean. I've listened to a few of the podcasts. I

HalleluYAH! LMD you have done all that I had asked. You went and sampled. Whatever you thought about it or if that is not for you, I'm great with that, thank you for giving it a hearing.

I have heard many times that God judges nations as well as individuals. Also that when a righteous king rules, the people celebrate, but when an evil king rules, they mourn. Our republic is like that also. Today we are mourning. Our evil is spread globally and the world is in mourning.

When Israel was blessed with a righteous king, they would throw down the idols and cut down the groves. We need a good dose of that. The evil scumbags that have occupied DC my entire lifetime and before used to steer us by lying to us. Now they can just make proclamations as though they were kings. Every time our current liar and thief does an unconstitutional act he sets a precedent. A righteous king could preserve this nation from judgment by using the same power and influence. My salvation is separate from whatever happens to this country, but in the scheme of things, my missionary spirit sees a global blessing to be had should this country return to exporting Christianity rather than death and destruction. Nationally, any person who can read the daily news will see articles that make absolutely no sense like raiding farms and feeding children mcnuggets. Vending machines with contraceptives? It is totally ridiculous. Then we go to corrupt courts who talk legalese gobblygook and rule against us. Just like in 1962 when no one raised a voice and God was thrown out unceremoniously from our public lives. I'm sick to death of all of this but pray that I never experience the sorrow Jeremiah experienced in watching his nation destroyed and the people carried off to slavery.

Oh by the way, I am very unhappy under this administration as well as the last several, but I hang my head thinking that he is the one anointed to punish us because nationally we have rejected salvation and is what we deserve.

William claims he was broadcasting twelve years ago but I had never heard of him before last August when he returned to radio after being off for several years. I have never read anything of him, I don't believe he writes sermons or anything. His preaching is a good addition to all else I do to round out my individual walk.

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