The Ten Pieces of Money

The Ten Pieces of Money
Luke 19:12-27

The Parable of the Ten Pieces of Money
is clearly a Kingdom parable. The ten servants
who were given the pieces of money,
or the ten pounds, represent ten-tribed
Israel who had been carried into the
Assyrian captivity but who are now
known as the nations of Christendom.
The nobleman in this parable, who
went into a far country' to receive for himself
a kingdom and to return, is Christ.
The citizens who hated the Nobleman
and sent a message after Him saying, “We
will not have this :man to reign over us”
are the ones who cried, “Let Him be crucified.
We have no king but Caesar.”

With these self-evident facts in mind
we shall read the Parable of the Ten
Pieces of Money as found in Luke 19: 12-
27: Jesus said, “A certain noblemen
went into a far country to receive for
himself a kingdom, and to return.
And he called his ten servants, and
delivered them ten pounds, and said
unto them, Occupy till I come.”
“But the citizens hated him, and
sent a message after him, saying, we
will not have this man to reign over
us. 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.”

“Then came the first, saying, Lord,
thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
And he said unto him, Well, thou good
servant: because thou hast been faithful
in a very little, have thou authority
over ten cities."

“And the second came, saying,
Lord, thy pound hath gained live
pounds. And he said likewise to him,
Be thou also over five cities.”

“And another came, saying, Lord,
behold, here is thy pound, which I
have kept laid up in a napkin: For I
feared thee, because thou art an austere
man: thou takest up that thou
layedst not down, and reapest that
thou didst not sow. And he saith unto
him, Out of thine own mouth will I
judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou
knewest that I was an austere man,
taking up that I laid not down, and
reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore
then gavest not thou my money into
the bank, that at my coming I might
have re-quired mine own with usury?
“And he said unto them that stood
by, Take from him the pound, and give
it to him that hath ten pounds. (And
they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten
pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto
every one which hath shall be given;
and from him that hath not, even that
he hath shall be taken away from
him. But those mine enemies, which
would not that I should reign over
them, bring hither, and slay them
before me."

According to verse 15 it will be at the
return of Christ and the end of the present
age when He will call His ten servants
into account for how they have managed
the Lord's money. And it will also be at the
end of the present age when the Lord will
command “But those mine enemies which
would not that I should reign over them,
bring hither and slay them before me.”
Communism is now the world-wide
manifestation and federation of the enemies
of the Lord. And the fact that world
communism must be destroyed before the
Kingdom of God on earth can be fully realized
is too apparent to need any comment.
It is interesting to note that the ten
servants were judged by how they had
managed money.

Money itself is not wealth; it merely
represents wealth. Therefore as we hear
so often in our time, mismanaged money
can be used to make money worthless, as
in the case of the German mark. In an
article by Daniel L. Cobb, Sec'y to
President Wilson at the Peace Conference,
which appeared in the April 5, 1934 issue
of The National Taxpayer we read: “The
German Inflation was an International
Bankers' Masterpiece. It was a clever
scheme to kill two birds with one stone.”
In another paragraph Cobb wrote,
“Germany was a defeated nation, they
had surrendered everything, even the control
of their monetary system, to the
Allies.”

Jesus, of course, knew that through
the manipulation of money the people
could and would be robbed of all their possessions,
as has happened repeatedly in
our own nation by man made money panics
or contraction of credit called deflation.
Extreme inflation, on the other hand, can
be used to destroy the value of money
itself.

Money is not only the representative of
all wealth and all kinds of wealth, while it
is in itself valueless, money is the only
thing a sovereign people can and must
create. We can grow, raise, produce and
manufacture many things, but money we
must create.

This creation of money and its righteous
and scientific management is one of
the most important responsibilities of any
government. Therefore we can understand
why Christ said that the ten servants
would be judged by how they had
managed money.

There can be no question about the ten
servants in this parable representing tentribed
Israel, who are now the Anglo-
Saxons, for repeatedly in the Old
Scriptures God calls Israel His servant.
Isaiah 44:1 states, “Yet now hear, O
Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I
have chosen.”
In Isaiah 49:3 we read, “Thou art my
servant, O Israel, in whom I will be
glorified.”
When the Lord called His servants for
an accounting it was that He might know
how much every man had gained by trading,
not by hoarding, but by trading, thus
showing that the sole function of money is
to serve as a medium of ex-change and to
facilitate trade.

And as stated before, one of the most
important functions of any government is
to maintain a balance between goods and
services that people have to trade and the
necessary money supply to make their
trade.

The two first servants reported how
much they had gained or how much their
money had increased the ex-change of
goods and services, which in turn had
made the creation of more money possible.
These two were com-mended and rewarded.
The last servant called to give an
account said, “Lord, behold, here is thy
pound, which I have kept laid up in a
napkin: For I feared thee, because
thou art an austere man: thou takest
up that thou layedst not down, and
reapest that thou didst not sow.”
Note carefully the words of both the
last servant and the Lord. The Lord
replied, “Out of thine own mouth will I
judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou
knewest (claimed) that I was an austere
man, taking up that I laid not
down, and reaping that I did not sow:
Wherefore (if that is what you
believed) then gavest not thou my
money into the bank, that at my coming
I might have required mine own
with usury?”

The words of the Lord in verse 23 have
been used by some to justify the taking of
usury which, of course, is as absurd as it
is unscriptural, for just the opposite is the
case.

The Lord said “Out of thine own
mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked
servant,” and so He did, (paraphrasing
some) “if you had actually
believed that I was a mean and cruel
man, taking up that I laid not down,
and reaping that I did not sow, then
you would have arranged for my
money to gather usury.”

If this servant is made to represent an
individual rather than a civil government
then we find Jesus condemning thrift and
saving which, of course, the Lord never
did. But when we keep in mind that the
servants in this parable represent governments,
it all fits and makes sense.

The last servant represents civil
administrations which have failed or
refused to keep the proper amount of
money in circulation thereby enabling the
people to exchange or trade all their goods
and services. This servant was called
“thou wicked servant,” and rightly so, for
extreme inflation or deflation of the
money of a nation is a very wicked practice.

If, as some teach, Jesus in this parable
was upholding usury then He would be
contradicting everything taught throughout
the Scriptures concerning usury.
But Jesus did not uphold usury. He
stated that those who take usury “take up
that which they did not lay down and reap
that which they did not sow.” In other
words, they steal.