Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king, bring them here and slay them before me. Luke 19:27 NABRE
Jesus shares a parable about a nobleman travelling to obtain a kingship. The parables main message is about leaving servants with gold to see how they handle the authority, and discovering those wise in his absence. Before leaving the parable includes there are fellow citizens who despise the nobleman and send a delegation to speak against his kingship. Never-the-less he becomes king and meets with those servants he left with god upon his return. But before ending the parable Jesus addressees those who He calls enemies of the noblemen having them brought forward and put to death. An unusual message from Jesus who usually speaks of forgiveness and God’s mercy. The citizens speaking against kingship may have had selfish motivations but would God condemn them for their actions or seek to redeem them? Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem where He will be arrested and condemned, this must be on His mind. As Jesus enters Jerusalem the people treat Him like king, but those in power are against Jesus and work to undermine Him having Him falsely accused. It seems they do not want Jesus to be crowned king. It could be Jesus adds this verse about the citizens against the nobleman and their being put to death as a message for those who would do the same to Him. Perhaps He is trying to make them aware they are in danger of becoming slain themselves if they follow through on their plans to undermine Him.
Jesus includes an action that is antithetical to His message of love and forgiveness, which occurs in other parables occasionally as well. We may think God completely forgives all, but then we have these moments of accountability enforced.
Is it fair to slay those opposed to the nobleman? What does their death say to you?Jesus includes an action that is antithetical to His message of love and forgiveness, which occurs in other parables occasionally as well. We may think God completely forgives all, but then we have these moments of accountability enforced. Click To Tweet
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