Do you believe that God is severe?

Luke Bible Background

04.23.2017 – New Testament: Luke 19.20–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 19.1–28 on April 23, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

What do you think of God, His laws, and His punishment? Some people see Him as a strict, demanding, and very severe God. Their response to that is either to reject Him or even to say that He does not exist. Keeping that in mind, read part of a parable from Jesus about a servant who believed his master was austere, remembering that the man in the story is God and the servant represents us,

“Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’” (Luke 19.20–23). 

Taking the part of the atheist or the Christian who decides not to act out his Christianity does not cancel out God, but it gets His attention in a most severe way. If you think God is austere, then do not ignore Him, but submit to Him.


  • What do you think of God?
  • What do you think of His severity?

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