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Old 07-10-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?" Luke 12:41
"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, .... so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him." Luke 12:35-36

God's will is always done...correct? Then when Jesus says "Be ready for service" ... is that God's will for you or for just the immediate listeners ? That was the basis of Peter's question.
So I ask ..... is the Lord "telling this parable to us (the disciples of his day), or to everyone?"

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Jesus does say that being ready is good "for those servants".....

"It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes" Luke 12:37
ask yourself: Why the distinction..."It will be good for those servants" if

If there wasn't a distinction, could not Jesus phrased it differently?
For example: (alternate wording in bold)
  • "It will be good for all servants whose master finds them when he comes"
  • "It will be good for all servants whose master finds them when he comes, whether they are watching or not."
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Unless you're so inclined to deliberatly not see there is a distinction, Jesus says:
"I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them."

ask yourself:
Was Jesus telling all the truth or just part of the truth?

If there wasn't a distinction, could not Jesus phrased it differently?
  • "I tell you the truth, he [the master ..who Jesus is referencing himself] will dress himself to serve, will have all of them [the servants] recline at the table and will come and wait on all of them."
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ask yourself: Is this God's will being done on that servant?

"That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will...." be punished

1. "be beaten with many blows."

And for the servant who want to plead "ignorance" Jesus says:

"But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will
2. "be beaten with few blows."
3. "Then they will go away to eternal punishment."Matthew 25:46

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