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(Luke 19:11-15)  And as they heard these things, he [Jesus] added and spake a parable [Gk: a ficticious narrative of common life conveying a moral], because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they [all the people] thought [incorrectly] that the kingdom of God should [at that time] immediately appear.  He said therefore, A certain nobleman [a type and shadow of Himself] went into a far country [i.e., heaven (Acts 1:9)] to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return [as the second coming of Jesus Christ].  And [before he left] he called his ten servants [Gk: slaves (voluntarily or involuntarily): bondmen], and delivered them ten pounds [Gk: a certain weight] [1], and said unto them, Occupy [Gk: to busy oneself with, to trade] [2] till I come [return].  But his citizens [(as separated from his ten servants)] hated him [Gk: to detest, espec. to persecute; loveless], and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign [Gk: rule] [i.e., to be our Lord] over us.  And it came to pass, that when he was returned [as the second coming of Jesus Christ], having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants [Gk: slaves (voluntarily or involuntarily): bondmen] to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money [Gk: silver] [coins, i.e., the revelations of salvation], that he might know how much every man had gained by trading [Gk: to thoroughly occupy oneself, to earn in business] [3].
1.    Commentary: “ten pounds” = given to ten servants, one pound for each to represent the weighty (heavy, important, significant) Bible, i.e., the revelations of salvation.
2.    Commentary: “occupy” = exchange your life-time (your precious time of existence) for this rescue misson that I have sent you on.
a.    Commentary: the Bible is a weighty instrument (pound) in the hand of Father God and in the hands of His servants. The point and purpose of the Bible is to lead the receipient away from eternal damnation (misery, sorrow, wickedness) and into eternal salvation (happiness, peace, joy). Within the Bible, the metal silver symbolizes that salvation (redemption) attained. And in the context of this parable, a pound having a certain weight herein represents a Bible (and by extension, the revelations of salvation) that, with its sudden impact, makes, at the very least, a definite negative or positive impression upon/within every receipient. How? Answer: because the Bible “the word of God is quick [Gk: alive] and powerful” (Heb 4:12) (God’s Words = angels), and thereby the Bible does something to every person.
3.    (Luke 2:41-49)  Now his parents [of Jesus] went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.  And when he [Jesus] was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.  And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned [in a caravan to their homes], the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother [Mary] knew not of it.  But they, supposing him to have been in the company [of other families in the caravan], went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.  And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.  And it came to pass, that after three days [the prophecy of His death, burial, and resurrection] they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors [Gk: teachers], both hearing them, and asking them questions.  And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.  And when they [Joseph and Mary] saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist [Gk: understand] ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

(Luke 19:16-21)  Then came the first [Gk: slave (voluntarily or involuntarily): bondman], saying, Lord, thy pound [thy instrument of salvation (the Bible) that you gave to me] hath gained ten pounds [i.e., ten more salvations].  And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant [Gk: slave (voluntarily or involuntarily): bondman]: because thou hast been faithful [Gk: believing] in a very little, have thou authority [1] over ten cities.  And the second [Gk: slave (voluntarily or involuntarily): bondman] came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds [i.e., five more salvations].  And he said likewise to him, Be thou [authority] also over five cities.  And another [Gk: slave (voluntarily or involuntarily): bondman] came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up [i.e., hidden (from sight)] in a napkin [Gk: towel]:  For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man [“stern; hard, severe” Amplif.]: thou takest up that thou layedst not down [you are a thief], and reapest that thou didst not sow [yep, you are a thief].
1.    authority = (in the sense of ability); force, privilege, capacity, competency; delegated influence.   
a.    (Jude 1:9)  Yet Michael the archangel [Gk: a chief angel] [Dict: a chief angel; angel of high rank], when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

(Luke 19:22,23)  And he [the Lord] saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant [Gk: slave (voluntarily or involuntarily): bondman] [i.e., a professing Christian only, versus a confessing Christian truly]. Thou knewest [Gk: considered, perceived, see] [Me in the mirror of your natural self] that I was an austere man [“stern; hard, severe” Amplif.], taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:  Wherefore then gavest not thou my money [Gk: silver (coins)] [my weighty Bible] into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury [Gk: interest] [i.e., a gain]? [1]
1.    Commentary: Jesus is saying that regardless of your opinion (consideration, understanding) of Me, you are my servant (Father God created you) and you should have obeyed my command rather than do nothing at all, which inactivity is complete disobedience.
a.    (1 Sam 15:22,23)  And Samuel said [to king Saul], Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken [Heb: to prick up the ears, give heed] than the fat of rams. For rebellion [Heb: bitterness /// disobedience] is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity [Heb: vanity] and idolatry [esteeming oneself higher (of more authority) than God]. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king [i.e., king Saul (on stony ground) loses what he had].

(Luke 19:24-27)  And he said unto them that stood by [i.e., His multiplied servants], Take from him [from the disobedient professing servant] the pound [the Bible (the revelations of salvation)], and give it to him [to the obedient confessing servant] that hath ten pounds.  (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds [“already!” Amplif].) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath [obedience (understanding)] shall be given [more revelations to obey (understand)]; and from him that hath not [obedience], even that [superficial obedience (understanding)] he hath shall be taken away [that seed that “fell upon a rock” Luke 8:6,13; “on stony ground” Mark 4:5,16] from him.  But those mine enemies [Gk: hateful (hostile)], which would not that I should reign [Gk: rule] [i.e., be the Lord] over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.