Sunday, June 2, 2019

The story that wasn't

After Luke 19:11-27

A story about stewardship,
about faithfulness,
about investment,
turned out to be a story
something else.
A story about coins, ten coins,
given to ten servants,
one coin to each;
three servants questioned,
three servants responded,
three different results 
tied to the character 
of the servant. 
One returns ten.
One returns five.
One returned nothing.
Coins, and character.
The focus is (usually) the one
who returned nothing, but
there’s a context, overlooked:
listeners approaching Jerusalem,
listeners expecting a kingdom,
and in the story,
the people hate the man
over them, hate the man
handing out the coins,
reject the man 
handing out the coins.

To establish the kingdom,
the king must first be

Photograph by Pina Messina via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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