Matthew 24:45-46. “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”
A new series of predictions now comes from Jesus, as He turns His focus away from the end of the Jewish Age, which is to come in the future but has not yet occured. The three parables that follow picture the conditions that exist in the absence of the King, and how in the professing church, Christendom, there are both the true and the false; those who profess but do not possess. These parables line up easily with those in Chapter 13, in which Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of heaven, as they show the external and internal growth of Christendom. Christ’s return will discern the true from the false, and finally separate the two forever.
Jesus is, of course, still speaking to His disciples. But now He sees them in connection with that which has not yet been fully revealed: The church, the Bride, the great mystery that will be established after His death and resurrection and return to heaven.
The thought in this parable is that of service to the household. The household are those who are Christ’s. This is a simple and beautiful parable. We’ll look more closely at it tomorrow.