And as they heard these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem…
1. We may. learn that Christians have received special advantages, and that every one is accountable to God for the use or abuse of them.
2. From this parable we may learn that no man is so obscure or contemptible as to escape the penetrating eye of the Judge of the world; either because he has done nothing but evil, or done no good. No man is so mean, or poor, or wicked, as to be over-looked or forgotten. No man is so insignificant nor so feeble as not to have duties to perform. -3. From this parable also we infer that all who shall improve will be rewarded; and that the reward will be in proportion to the improvement.
4. The advantages which God bestows, when improved, shall be increased, so as to form additional means of progress; while he who misimproves his present means and opportunities shall be deprived of them.
5. Those who reject Jesus Christ shall be punished in the most exemplary manner (verse 27).
(J. Thomson, D. D.)
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.