Day 3

The Ten Minas

from the The Parables of Jesus reading plan


Luke 19:1-27

BY She Reads Truth

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the meaning of the text and take to heart the “secrets of the kingdom.”

Editor’s Note: In this Parables study, Jesus Himself is telling us stories—stories He wants us to reflect on and process. Rather than asking our writers to write their own stories about Jesus’ stories, we thought it would serve you and the text better to provide questions to help you dig into the meaning of each day’s parable. If you find a parable or passage particularly confusing, stop and pray. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in His Word, and thank Him that we can know Him without knowing all the answers to our questions.

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Week 1: Parables about God’s Kingdom

Parables are stories with a point. They are designed to make us think about what is being said, why, where, to whom, and in what context. To get to the heart of Jesus’ parables, we need to pull them apart and take a careful look at the details He gives us. One detail that runs through this week’s selection of parables is that Jesus says they all describe the kingdom of God in some way. As you read through these passages, use the following questions to unpack the stories Jesus tells.

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Day 3 Reading: Luke 19:1-27

Questions:

1. This parable is similar to another called “The Ten Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30). What are some gifts, abilities, or opportunities you’ve been given to invest?

2. What is the problem this particular parable addresses, and what is the outcome of the story?

3. What is the central point of this parable, and what connection does it have to Jesus’ visit with Zacchaeus?

4. What is your response this parable?

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148 thoughts on "The Ten Minas"

  1. Jessica K says:

    Did you all know: Zacchaeus means “pure, clean” in Hebrew… unpack that with the Spirit.

  2. Porshe says:

    I think part of this parable is talking about Christians and how we sometimes keep the Lord all to ourselves because we don’t want to be affiliated with non-believers (in the same way the people grumbled because Jesus was spending time with a “sinner”). Jesus came to seek the lost and we should too. But what I love most is that Jesus isn’t just “ministering” to Z in this passage; he’s spending intimate time with him in his home and building a true relationship with a man that “believers” wouldn’t give the time of day. Jesus is the ultimate example of how to share God’s love.

  3. Jesslynne Lillard says:

    I’m glad others understood this parable. I was struggling too see how this was relevant to Christianity. Thanks for your post!

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