Bible Workbench: Pentecost 19, October 3, 2010

Text: Luke 17:5-10

Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? This segment of the parable in Luke does not have a parallel in any of the other canonical gospels. What kind of societal relationship does it presume between the people Jesus is addressing and their slave? When do you simply expect someone to do what was commanded, whether explicitly or implicitly? When have you been expected to do what was commanded? What expectation did you have of recognition, appreciation, reward or praise? What do you think you have been “commanded” to do? Who gave the command? Who enforces the command? What consequences are there if you do not carry through?

How would the relationship between you and your slave change if you were to thank him or her for doing what was commanded? What might be gained? What would be lost?

– Andy Kille (


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