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Parable of
The Goodman
of the House
Matthew 24:43-51
Mark 13:34-37
Luke 12:39-46
But know this, that if the
goodman of the house had
known in what watch the
thief would come, he would
have watched, and would
not have suffered his house
to be broken up. Therefore
be ye also ready: for in such
an hour as ye think not the
Son of man cometh. 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. Verily I say
unto you, That he shall
make him ruler over all his
goods. But and if that evil
servant shall say in his
heart, My lord delayeth his
coming; And shall begin to
smite his fellowservants,
and to eat and drink with
the drunken; The lord of
that servant shall come in a
day when he looketh not for
him, and in an hour that
he is not aware of, And
shall cut him asunder, and
appoint him his portion
with the hypocrites: there
shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.
For the Son of man is as a
man taking a far journey,
who left his house, and
gave authority to his
servants, and to every man
his work, and commanded
the porter to watch. Watch
ye therefore: for ye know
not when the master of the
house cometh, at even, or at
midnight, or at the
cockcrowing, or in the
morning: Lest coming
suddenly he find you
sleeping. And what I say
unto you I say unto all,
Watch.
And this know, that if the
goodman of the house had
known what hour the thief
would come, he would have
watched, and not have
suffered his house to be
broken through. Be ye
therefore ready also: for the
Son of man cometh at an
hour when ye think not.
Then Peter said unto him,
Lord, speakest thou this
parable unto us, or even to
all? And the Lord said,
Who then is that faithful
and wise steward, whom his
lord shall make ruler over
his household, to give them
their portion of meat in due
season? Blessed is that
servant, whom his lord
when he cometh shall find
so doing. Of a truth I say
unto you, that he will make
him ruler over all that he
hath. But and if that
servant say in his heart, My
lord delayeth his coming;
and shall begin to beat the
menservants and maidens,
and to eat and drink, and to
be drunken; The lord of
that servant will come in a
day when he looketh not for
him, and at an hour when
he is not aware, and will cut
him in sunder, and will
appoint him his portion
with the unbelievers.
And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come,
he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye
therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make
ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that
servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he
will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord
delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and
drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for
him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his
portion with the unbelievers.
        Luke 12:39-46

The head of the household (the goodman of the house) has a responsibility to care for his
family. If he knew when a thief would come and break into his house, he would make the
preparations necessary to meet him and stop him. Or, as my family would do – sit up and wait
for him with a shot gun. In the same way, we are to be ready for when the Son of man comes.  
We do not know when, but we are to be ready at all times
.
Peter asked Jesus, Was this parable for the disciples (apostles to be) or for everyone?
Jesus answered by making an application of the parable for the disciples (apostles to be).
Jesus answered the question with a question: Who is a faithful and wise steward? Who is the
head of the house going to give the responsibility to take care of the family in his absence? The
servant who is found doing the work that he was given. However, if after being given that position
of authority and responsibility, he abuses it, abuses those under him, and stops being
responsible – the lord of the servant will come back when he does not expect him, and punish
him as an evil doer and unbeliever.

In other words, Jesus is telling Peter that the parable can apply to them. They will be given a
position of responsibility over the church.

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever  ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and
whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if
two of you sall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for
them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my
name, there am I in te midst of them. (Matthew 18:18-20 KJV)

If they do not live up to that responsibility, they will suffer the consequences.