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Thursday, May 5 2016
Luke 19: The Salvation Stock Market
"And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the Kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading"
The teaching began as the Messiah was passing through Jericho on His way to Jerusalem. There, He met "a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich." Zacchaeus was a wealthy man, but he didn't make an idol out of obtaining or having wealth ("mammon" was the "god of money" at the time - see the Fact Finder question below).
As happened with other publicans ("tax collectors"), such as Matthew who became one of the Twelve (see Matthew: The Gospel By The Accountant), Zacchaeus "the sinner" was a repentant sinner about whom the Messiah declared, "This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (see Parables Of The Lost And Found; also Why Did The Messiah Eat With The Pharisees?).
"19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 19:2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 19:4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
The Messiah then continued the same lesson by means of another parable - which portrayed the Messiah's return to heaven ("A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return"; see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?) and His coming return (see Could Jesus Christ Return Today?). While He is away, He has given His servants the means to serve Him - the Holy Spirit - but effort is required to keep the opportunity from being wasted.
Some have misused their means with a rebellious "do it yourself" Christianity (see How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ? and Satan's Sandals), while still claiming to be Christian ("We will not have this man to reign over us"; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?), while others simply squandered it with idleness - they merely held and hid what the LORD gave to them to work with (see Why Can't Light Be Hidden?).
But some increased what they were given to work with (see Works Means Obedience and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners) - as was expected of them: "And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading."
"19:11 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. 19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
That "nobleman's return" was further portrayed by the "triumphal entry" of the Messiah (see Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives).
"19:28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. 19:29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, 19:30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. 19:31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
While honest work was commanded by the LORD (i.e. the first half of the Fourth Commandment is to work" "20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work" Exodus 20:9 KJV; see The Christian Work Days, The Christian Sabbath), making a business out of the LORD's House is the behavior of "a den of thieves" (see the Fact Finder question below).
"19:45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
This Day In History, May 5
553: The Second Council of Constantinople began with participants from the West and East (Byzantine) Roman Empire.
1215: Rebel barons renounced their patriotism to the father of their nation, King John of England (the original meaning of patriotism was loyalty to the father; "king" meant father of the kin; it's the same reason that God is called the Father and that genuine salvation will occur in the Kingdom of God - see also The Patriotism Prophecy).
King John responded with the Magna Carta, the "Great Charter" of English liberties, at Runnymede, near Windsor. The Magna Carta was a key building block of Constitutional Law in the English-speaking world that many countries, even centuries later, used as the basis of their constitution - while often ignoring or failing to credit the principles of the Magna Carta that they copied (sometimes word for word) and claimed as their own.
1292: Adolf of Nassau was crowned German king (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). He was deposed in June 1298 by his Habsburg opponent Albert I.
1494: Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Jamaica. He named the island Santa Gloria. All four of the made-legendary voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually just to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1646: After his defeat at the Battle of Naseby during the English Civil War, Charles I surrendered to a Scottish army at Newark.
1705: Leopold I, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), died at 64.
1821: Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France and conqueror of much of Europe, died at age 52 (most historians believe it was of cancer) while a prisoner on the island of St. Helena after his famous defeat at Waterloo (Belgium) on June 18 1815.
1860: Giuseppe Garibaldi and his "Thousand Redshirts" sailed from Genoa to conquer Sicily and Naples.
1865: The U.S. Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, outlawing slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.
1893: The stock market crashed on Wall Street, resulting in the closure of 600 banks, the bankruptcy of thousands of businesses and the unemployment of 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. work force.
1925: High school biology teacher John T. Scopes, 24, was arrested for teaching the theory of evolution in his Dayton, Tennessee classroom (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1941: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia returned to his capital after British forces liberated Ethiopia from the Italian invasion forces that had occupied the country since 1935.
1945: British and Canadian troops liberated the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation.
1949: The Council of Europe was established.
1955: The Federal Republic of Germany became a sovereign state after the Allied High Commission dissolved itself.
1961: Alan Shepard became the first U.S. astronaut in space with a 15 minute sub-orbital flight (i.e. it did not go completely around the earth) in a Mercury spacecraft. The Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space a month before, on April 12, with a 108-minute full orbital flight.
1964: The Council of Europe declared May 5 as Europe Day.
1980: In London, elite British SAS (Special Air Service) troops stormed the Iranian Embassy, killing 4 of the 5 gunmen who had taken over the building and seized hostages.
2006: The government of Sudan signed an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
2010: Mass protests in Greece erupted in response to the austerity measures imposed by the Greek government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.