I don’t usually start with an aside (never), but April 18th is the anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride through Boston!

This passage (Luke 19:1-27) deals with Zacchaeus the tax collector, the parable of the minas, and, in verse 27, we see the king having those that did not want him to be their king, brought before him to have them killed. This issue began in verse 14, where we see that his subjects hated him enough to send a delegation after him to say, ‘We do not want this man to be our king.’

Hmm, interesting! Now you may be asking yourselves, why? Why is this part of the parable? Why in the world would I want to focus on this particular portion of the passage? After all, there are a number of things here that I could write about, aren’t there? Well, here’s my point! I have found over the years that people have a problem believing that a loving, caring God could condemn those that do not know Christ as their Savior to an eternity of suffering. He wouldn’t do that now, would He! I think that verse 27 speaks to that issue with an air of finality. The king had those that did not want Him as their King brought before Him and killed.

That is enough said!  

by Paul Kightlinger, Elder

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