speaking before a great multitude (Israelites)
Delivered By
Brother Chuck Fannin
Delivered On
May 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM
speaking before a great multitude (Israelites)

The “ABC’s” memory verses (as led by the Pastor)


  1. – all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
  2. - Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

“C” – Cast your anxieties on the Lord because he cares for you 1 Peter 5:7

“D” – Be devoted in prayer, being watchful with thanksgiving Colossians 4:2

“E” - Even a child is known by his doings, whether he is pure and upright Proverbs 20:11


Context of todays Parable:


  1. speaking before a great multitude (Israelites) - Luke 12:1/Matthew 10:25-42

Don’t worry about food or raiment – consider the birds how God feed them

Can you make yourself one bit taller?

Consider the lilies and compare to Solomon not clothed as the flower – God clothes the fields

DIRECTION: Seek the Kingdom of God (Matthew adds “and His righteousness”)

It is God’s pleasure to give you the kingdom?

Sell all and give alms – gain bags that do not grow old and pass away

COMMENT: Where your treasure is, there will be your heart


Servants are to remain watchful



Luke 12:35-40 (KJV)




Let your (the servants) loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he (the master) shall gird himself, and make them (the servants) to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he (the master) shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them (the servants) so, blessed are those servants.


(an addition that seems almost like a non-sequitur) And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.



This one could be considered somewhat different


Read this first as a direction to the people Jesus was teaching (the multitudes of Israelites)

What then is the lesson(s)

Read it second as a direction to his disciples.

What then is the lesson?


Note that with the exception of the use of the metaphor “lamp”, the parable is in the form of instructions.


  1. Let your “loins be girded”. Where do find this type of direction?
  1. Exodus 12 (eat the Passover standing, with your staff and loins gird for travel)
  2. Ephesians 6:14 (stand having your loins gird with truth)
  3. 1 Peter 1:13 (gird up your minds – be sober and alert (ready))


  1. Keep your “lights” burning
  1. Matthew 25:7 (the parable of the 10 virgins, 5 were wise (lamps ready) and 5 foolish)
  2. Matthew 5:14-16 (you are the light (a city on a hill cannot be hidden) neither can you)
  3. John 8:12 (Jesus said he is the light – all who follow him will walk in light)


  1. Watch for the Master’s return
  1. Rev 3:20 (behold, I stand at the door and knock)
  2. 1 Thess 5:2-7 (be awake and be sober for you do not know . . .)
  3. Revelation 16:15 (behold, I am coming like a thief . . . )


  1. Blessed are those who watch
  1. Luke 12:37 (blessed are those whom the master finds watching)
  2. Proverbs 8:34 (blessed are those who wait in my gates for my return)
  3. Rev 16:15 (blessed are those stays awake, dressed (not naked))


  1. They will be served by the Master?
  1. John (you call me master and I have set this example - as I have done, so should you (washing of feet))
  2. Matt 20:26 (whoever would be great, must be the servant)
  3. Mark 10:45 (the son of man came not to be served but to serve!)
  4. Phil 2:5 (Jesus came emptied himself and became a servant – unto death)


  1. If the Goodman had known


Warning/Conclusion: Watch and be ready!




Stay dressed (do not appear “naked”)

Keep the lamps burning (you are the light of the world) (Ref: Matt 5:16)

Be ready (even at the door) (as the bride for the groom)

The hour (time) of the return is unknown (no man knows the day or hour)


  1. interesting sidebar: Naked (nakedness) occurs more than 115 times in the KJV. Only once does “naked” NOT connotate something bad. (Genesis 2:25 where God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden and they were naked). We might conclude that “nakedness” is NOT something we want to be before the Lord!


Application: This one should be clear! Name some “CLEAR” applications that we should take from this parable!

What does it mean to stay dressed?

Does that mean one can come before the lord unclothed??

What does it mean to always have our lamps burning? Can they go out?


Pay special attention to the answer that Jesus gave Peter!!


Luke 12:41-48 (ESV) Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.

45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.

48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they (who is this “they”) entrusted much, they will demand the more.


If we are to “rightly divide (handle) the Word” (2 Tim 2:15), then we can clearly see a double application for this parable. Consider that Peter IS a disciple here – just as we are. Then why do you suppose that Jesus seemingly answered Peter with another story/parable?? And what meanings are we to glean from this instruction?



Next week, we will take up the “Money Lender”


The Money Lender (Unequal debts?)



Luke 7:41-43 (ESV)



Context: Now when the Pharisee who had invited him (Simon) saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”

And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

Parable: “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

The Answer: Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”


The judgement: Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

Conclusion: Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”



Even though the parable seems straight-forward, what is the application to us today?