The people were looking for a king who would take back their country from Rome, not an eternal King that they could not even imagine. Jesus was showing that His kingdom would not come like they thought, nor would it come right away. He had to go away for some time and His followers were to be faithful and productive in His absence. We have a choice on earth to share what we know with others, yet as we can see the servants did not make the same amount of interest on their money. Some give 100% to the cause and others might only give 40% or 60%. This last servant gave nothing so that he would lose nothing in return or so he thought. Do not be afraid to share what God has done in your life, our reward will be based on our devotion to the task. We are given gifts to use while here and we will be asked in the end what we did with them. There are recurring themes all throughout the bible. I'm losing count of how many time Jesus has said that those who have will be given more and those that have nothing, even that will be taken away from them. I think we are hard headed by nature and maybe that is why He is repeating Himself so much!
Why was the king so hard on this man:
- he didn't share his master's interest in the kingdom
- he didn't trust his master's intentions
- his only concern was for himself
- he did nothing to use the money