Understanding the Scriptures
|Little of stature (v. 3)||Short|
|Make haste (vv. 5–6)||Hurry|
|By false accusation (v. 8)||By cheating them|
|Pounds (v. 13)||One talent was one hundred pounds; a measurement of money|
|Kept laid up (v. 20)||Saved|
|Usury (v. 23)||Interest, or earnings from an investment|
Luke 19:12–27—An Interpretation of This Parable
Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained:
“Christ is the nobleman; the far off country is heaven; the kingdom there to be given him is ‘all power … in heaven and in earth’ (Matt. 28:18); and his promised return is the glorious Second Coming, when the literal and visible kingdom shall be set up on earth. The ten servants are the members of the Church to whom he has given physical, mental, and spiritual capacities (pounds) to be used in his service. Those designated as ‘citizens’ are the other people in the world, those who are subject to him because he is the God of the whole earth, but who have not accepted his gospel and come into his fold as servants. The servants are commanded to labor in the vineyard on their Lord’s errand until he returns. …
“When the nobleman returns to judge the world, he will reward his servants in accordance with their works. All shall not receive the same status in the mansions which are prepared; there are degrees of glory. Some will rule ten cities, others five, and those who were slothful shall be disinherited entirely.
“Unused faculties are lost; rightly used abilities can be increased until perfection is attained. ‘Unto every servant who is diligent shall be given great reward; and from him who is slothful shall be taken away even the light, abilities, and faculties which he had’” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:572–73).
Studying the Scriptures
Do either activity A or B as you study Luke 19.
As you read Luke 19 you will see that several people came into contact with Jesus while he traveled toward Jerusalem and entered triumphantly. (Remember that Jesus’ triumphal entry began the last week of His life). Imagine being each of the following people. Imagine what their experience with Jesus may have been like from the clues you find in the scriptures, and think about how they may have perceived the Savior. Write a day’s journal entry for each of these people (as if you were them) concerning their experiences with Jesus during this time.
A member of the crowd in Jerusalem who watched Jesus ride in on a colt.
A person who was in the temple when Jesus cleansed it.
Write a Modern Version
The parable in Luke 19:11–27 uses the word pound to refer to a unit of money. The money symbolizes the skills and abilities we are given and expected to develop during this life. Read this parable and then write a modern version of this parable that teaches the same lesson. For example, instead of using a nobleman you might use an employer or a parent.