the other slaves


devotional post #1,986

Luke 12:45-48

Luk 12:45 But if that slave should say to himself, ‘My master is delayed in returning,’ and he begins to beat the other slaves, both men and women, and to eat, drink, and get drunk,
Luk 12:46 then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
Luk 12:47 That servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked will receive a severe beating.
Luk 12:48 But the one who did not know his master’s will and did things worthy of punishment will receive a light beating. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.

the other slaves

In her book about the marginalised referred to in the Bible, Marianne Bjelland Kartzow comments on the commentators of this text: “It is striking that commentaries on Luke have nothing to say about the beaten male and female slaves mentioned in verse 45, as if these slaves, or servants as they are often called in modern translations, had no relevance” (Destabilizing the Margins: An Intersectional Approach to Early Christian Memory, 33).

Jesus’ very point in his parable is that they are relevant. Those of us who follow Christ are responsible to take care of his other followers. We can say we belong to Christ, and crow about being ready for his return, but if we are not nurturing our fellow believers, but selfishly abuse our authority instead, his return will set us straight. Knowing our master’s will is a great privilege, but it comes with great responsibility.

LORD, show us how to care for those you have placed in our charge.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at -- !
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