2A.4B– Anticipation, Occupation
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2A.4B– Anticipation with Occupation

Tuesday Bible Study Notes

Westside Care Center Tuesday, October 3, 2006

 by Mr. C. Pat Lanyon

Review: | Significant Scripture | More instruction |Summary and Applications

Anticipation of God’s Kingdom Through Occupation

Review: We Pray that...[Your kingdom would come and that...]

1B. SALVATION -- Your rule and reign might come into the lives of each one who does not know You. MT 18.2,3; EZ 33.11; 2 PE 3.9; 1 TH 5.9

2B. EVANGELIZATION -- You would send more laborers to reach them.

LK 10.2

3B. FERTILIZATION by Discipleship -- You would guide me to one or more to disciple for Your kingdom. MT 28.19; 2 TI 2.2

From the Prayer Notebook

LK 19.13; MT 25.27 4B. OCCUPATION – I might faithfully OCCUPY stewardships in preparation for Your kingdom with prudence and wisdom.

Luke 19:13

So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business {KJV occupy} till I come.'

Matthew 25:27

So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.

Significant Scripture passages:

Luke 19:13 "So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ 14 "But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’ 15 "And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16 "Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina*) has earned ten minas.’17 "And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’18 "And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’19 "Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’ 20 "Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 21 ‘For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 "And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. 23 ‘Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24 "And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ 25 ("But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) 26 ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 27 ‘But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’"

* mina, Greek, a sum amounting to 3 months salary.


The parable’s intent is to get the spiritually interested hearers to understand these truths about God’s coming kingdom: 1)It was not immediately coming. 2)Preparation is to be made for its coming by increasing one’s abilities to further that kingdom. 3)The measure of the increase was proportionately rewarded, but not disproportionately expected [some have greater abilities, thus are expected to produce more, all were expected to be faithful with their own.] 4)The end of the kingdom will be spiritual death for those servants [the ungodly] who have rejected the kingdom.

More instruction on God’s Kingdom and Occupation:

Lu 17:20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; (#1 intent above)

Ac 1:6 ¶ Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" (No one will know when the kingdom will come.)

2Th 2:1 ¶ Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 ¶ Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition... (There will be definite signs that the coming of the kingdom is at hand– most of the signs are evident today and point directly to the imminence [close at hand, impending, about to occur] of the first phase of Christ’s Second Coming.)

Barnes Commentary

"Occupy till I come. The word occupy here means not merely to possess, as it often does in our language, but to improve, to employ in business, for the purpose of increasing it or of making profit on it. The direction was to use this money so as to gain more against his return. So Jesus commands His disciples to improve their talents; to make the most of them; to increase their capability of doing good, and to do it until He comes to call us hence, by death, to meet Him. See 1Co 12:7 Eph 4:7."

1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

Eph 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.


God expects us to realize the skills and abilities we have and then to try to build them up into more productivity than our previous state. By doing this we are preparing for His kingdom to come. This passage is rebuking believers who would separate themselves from the world they live in so as to irresponsibly wait for Jesus’ return (usually not being obedient to the great commission Matthew 28:19-20). In the context of the Lord’s Prayer, it means that:

  1. We are to pray for wisdom about how to live and to use our abilities (stewardship) as we wait for His coming. This means that we will study spiritual gifts (see the Submission section under Ministry in Deciding God’s Will: 3A.4B.3C).
  2. We are to apply our skills toward evangelizing others for entrance into His kingdom. We should include those whom we are discipling in this all-important job.
  3. We should keep a focus on the future aspects of His kingdom’s blessing and rewards.
  4. Define your ability so as to focus on it : _______________________________