He appointed a slave to feed the members of his household their "food at the proper time". (Matt 24:45-47) All was not revealed at once, but the "sacred secret" has gradually unfolded over time. We are told what we need to know, when we need to know it.
Jem,QuoteHe appointed a slave to feed the members of his household their "food at the proper time". (Matt 24:45-47) All was not revealed at once, but the "sacred secret" has gradually unfolded over time. We are told what we need to know, when we need to know it.This is a parable about the need to faithfully fulfil a responsibility in view of the imminent return of a master. The original application may have been to the religious leaders in Jesus' day, though it was applied later to Christian leaders. So although the principle still applies, the intention of the parable is not to single out a particular person and apply it to that person.
Quote from: Wikipedia"At the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Watch Tower Society, the "faithful and discreet slave" was defined as referring to the Governing Body only."from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah%27s_Witnesses and http://www.jw.org/en/news/events-activities/annual-meeting-report-2012/
When Did Jesus Appoint “the Faithful and Discreet Slave” Over His Domestics?Consider the context of Jesus’ words in Matthew chapter 24. All the verses listed here were to be fulfilled during Christ’s presence, “the conclusion of the system of things.”—Verse 3.“The tribulation of those days.”—Verse 29.“This generation.”—Verse 34.“That day and hour.”—Verse 36. The “day your Lord is coming.”—Verse 42.“At an hour that you do not think to be it, the Son of man is coming.”—Verse 44.Logically, then, “the faithful and discreet slave” must have appeared after Christ’s presence began in 1914.Moreover, Jesus indicated that this “slave” would appear during a time when a legitimate question would be: “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave?” Jesus’ apostles had miraculous gifts of holy spirit, so there was scant reason to raise that question in the first century C.E. (1 Corinthians 14:12, 24, 25) Although they were anointed by holy spirit, the apostles and other first-century Christians were not “the faithful and discreet slave” prophesied by Jesus.It is reasonable to conclude, then, that Jesus appointed “the faithful and discreet slave” over “his domestics” during his presence, “the conclusion of the system of things.”“Who Really Is the Faithful and Discreet Slave?”Jesus was referring, not to an individual, but to a composite “slave”—a group working together as one body. Jesus said that the slave (1) is appointed to a supervisory role “over [the master’s] domestics” and (2) gives the domestics spiritual “food at the proper time.”From 1919 on, there has always been a small group of anointed Christians at the world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They have supervised our worldwide preaching work and have been directly involved in preparing and dispensing spiritual food. In recent years, that group has been closely identified with the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses.The evidence points to the following conclusion: “The faithful and discreet slave” was appointed over Jesus’ domestics in 1919. That slave is the small, composite group of anointed brothers serving at world headquarters during Christ’s presence who are directly involved in preparing and dispensing spiritual food. When this group work together as the Governing Body, they act as “the faithful and discreet slave.”
Can Christendom make that claim?
Suppose scripture is still unclear on this to you, doesn't it just seem intuitive that a person of non divinity would not be sufficient enough in the justice of sacrifice for all?
That is; the sacrifice to end all sacrifices, the power to cover all sins, and to show the love the Father has over His most prized creation. If justice is of equal importance to love in the message than anything short of divinity is short on both.
The one flaw in this argument is that Jesus was back in heaven as supposedly part of the godhead again, so how does one part of God call another part of himself, "my God"?
Jem,That's all very well - you've given a good explanation of parables and their function. it's just that the JW hierarchy goes a lot further in turning this parable into a prophecy.
It is clear that the JW governing body is not treating this passage properly as a parable which uses an ordinary day to day situation to teach a general point, but have distorted it into a prophecy that such a slave would emerge in history and have appropriated for their own aggrandisement.
The wheat and the tares and the ten virgins parables have an eschatological message but that doesn't make them prophecy. Interesting that JWs haven't appropriated the ten virgins to themselves.
God's law required "an eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, life for life". (Ex 21:23-25) Equivalency satisfied Jehovah's perfect justice.
Jesus did not have to be God in order to offer a perfect life for humankind. All he had to be was trustworthy of the assignment.
The devil has set up a rival for everything Jehovah has and is. He mimics what Jehovah does and draws worshippers to himself by lying to them. Deception is his stock in trade.
Time is running out.
Quote from: lapwing on July 21, 2013, 05:38:30 amThe wheat and the tares and the ten virgins parables have an eschatological message but that doesn't make them prophecy. Interesting that JWs haven't appropriated the ten virgins to themselves.Did the parable translate into reality lapwing? Were there weeds or tares sown among the "wheat"?Will the harvest take place just as Jesus said? If it does, that makes it a prophesy.His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.”He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!" (Matt 13:36-43)"Oversowing a wheat field with weeds is a deed of enmity not unknown in the Middle East. “The weeds” referred to are usually believed to be the poisonous bearded darnel (Lolium temulentum), its poisonous properties generally thought to stem from a fungus growing within these seeds. It has an appearance much like that of wheat until maturity, but then it can be readily identified. If eaten, it can result in dizziness and, under certain circumstances, even death. Since the roots of these weeds readily become intertwined with the roots of the wheat, to uproot them before harvest, even if they could be identified, would result in loss of wheat." (Insight Volumes)The harvest time is almost upon us......the prophesy will come to fulfillment.