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   Some Bible passages just aren’t complete. To the curious (me in particular) the “whole story” has some fascinating missing pieces. If I were an editor receiving a written report of this incident, I’d send the “reporter” back for the rest of the story.

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   (But then, I’d have somehow stepped out of God’s purpose.)

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If you’re willing to hear a bit more, you need to use the DOOR.

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     The Bible passage I’m talking about is Luke 19:12-27. In it a nobleman calls 10 of of his “slaves” and gives each one a “mina” (a significant amount of money) and tells them “Do business with this until I come back.” When he returns, the “first” appears and hands back 10 additional minas that he earned, and consequently received compliments from his master as well as “authority over 10 cities.” The second appears and hands back 5 additional minas, and also receives praise and “authority over 5 cities.” A third appears and hands back the single mina he was given because he said he knew his master was strict and an “exacting man.” His mina is taken away and he walks away in disgrace.

    Jesus, who is telling this parable, then develops a lesson about what this means.

    But wait. Something’s missing…

    Whatever became of the other 7 slaves? Why are they included in this story? Think about that as you lie in bed and drop off into sleep.