And as they heard these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem…
Our Lord leads us into the great mart, and cries, "Occupy till I come."
I. The Lord gives every man a fair start in this business, and old obligations are paid.
II. The Lord backs all the just and legal promissory notes of His merchantmen. "I am with you."
III. The Christian trader has influential partnership. "Co-workers with God."
IV. Success in this business requires extensive advertisement.
1. By expression of word.
2. By expression of deportment.
V. Diplomacy is essential. When to expend, when recruit.
VI. True effort and success will flow from intense earnestness.
VII. In this business nothing succeeds like success. His talents — are we improving them?
(D. D. Moore.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.