The Faithful and Discreet Slave Or the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge-A slave is a servant. A person can be a volunteer slave or steward-NASB-Reads-Who R768 then is the faithful and sensible steward

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NASB R766 Luke 12- 41 Peter said, "Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to R766 everyone {else} as well?"

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge

 of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time ?    


Commentary Start -And the Lord said, Who R768 then is the faithful and sensible steward -Peter's question-
Christ does not directly,
and in express words, answer to Peter's question, but suggests, that though he intended it as a caution to all his people, and in it spoke to them all to be upon their watch and guard, (Mark 13:37) yet that he had a special regard to them, his apostles, and succeeding ministers of the Gospel, whose characters, office, work, dignity, and honor, are here described. Such are stewards in Christ's family, they are entrusted with the stores and provisions of his house, and "faithfulness" and "wisdom" are requisite in them; the one, that they do not corrupt and adulterate the word of God, and mix it with human doctrines, but that they deliver it out pure and sincere as it is; and the other, that they may rightly divide it, and wisely distribute it:

whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household:
Christ's "household", or family, is his church, over which the ministers of the Gospel are appointed "rulers", to govern the house according to the laws of Christ, and keep every thing in good decorum and order; and particularly their work, and which agrees to their character as stewards is,

to give them their portion of meat in due season:
in doing which they answer the characters of faithful and wise stewards: they are faithful who give out the whole portion allotted, without adulterating it, or keeping back any part of it; and they are wise, who deliver it to them in proper time and season. The word translated "portion of meat", is only used in this place, and is rendered in the Vulgate Latin version, "a measure of wheat"; but it may be applied to any food in general, and an allotment of it; and signifies such a portion as was given to servants for one month, or rather every day; and may signify that portion of the word of God, and the interpretation of it, which is to be given forth every Lord's day to his people, suitable to their condition, cases, and circumstances. The Septuagint translators use the verb in (
Genesis 47:12) who render the text thus, "and Joseph, (esitometrei) , measured out to his father", and to "his brethren, and to all the house of father, wheat", or bread, "according to their persons", i.e. the number of them: to which passage there may be some reference here; at least it serves to illustrate this;                  Read NASB  [In Context| Luke 12:42 NASB  [In Context

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Who then is a faithful and wise servant 
The Vulgate Latin adds, "do you think?" and is a question put to the disciples, which they might apply to themselves: in (Luke 12:42) , it is spoken in answer to a question of Peter's, in relation to the above exhortation, whether it was spoken to them, or to all; and by this answer, it looks as if it was more especially designed for them, though it may be applied to other. The "servant" is there called a "steward", for such a servant is meant; and a name that is very proper for the apostles and ministers of the word, who are stewards of the mysteries of Christ, and of the manifold grace of God; and whose characters are, that they are "faithful": for this is required in stewards, that they be faithful to the trust reposed in them; as ministers are, when they preach the pure Gospel of Christ, and the whole of it; conceal no part, nor keep anything of it; seek not to please men, but God; neither seek their own things, their ease, honour, and profit, but the glory of God, the honour of Christ, and the good of souls; and abide by the truths, cause, and interest of a Redeemer, at all hazards. And they are "wise", who know and are well instructed in divine things; who make Christ the main subject of their ministry; who improve their talents and time for their master's use, and the advantage of those that are under their care; who seek for, and deliver acceptable words and matter; and manage their whole trust, so as to be able to give in a good account of their stewardship another day. The post that such a person is put in, and the work he is to do, follow: whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household;
or "family", the church of God, which is the household of God, and of faith, in which are believers of various growths and sizes; some fathers, some young men, some children; and over these, the ministers are, by their Lord, made and placed as rulers; not as lords and tyrants over God's heritage, to govern them in an arbitrary way, but as over them in the Lord, to rule them according to the word of God, and the laws of his house; by preaching the Gospel, administering ordinances, and keeping up his worship and the discipline of the church; and whose principal business it is, to give them meat in due season;
even "their portion" of it, as in (
Luke 12:42) : for the word of God is to be cut and rightly divided, and everyone in the family, according to his age, appetite, and digestion, is to have his proper part and portion given him: it must be meat, proper food, such as is solid, substantial, and nourishing; even the wholesome words of Christ Jesus, that must be given them, and not husks and empty trash; and all in due season, in its proper time, as their cases and circumstances require, and call for; as whether weary, or uncomfortable, or in the dark, or under temptations and afflictions: for a word fitly and seasonably spoken, how useful is it! From GEB -> Study Notes on 24:45 Read NASB[In Context| Luke 12:42 NASB  [In Context

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NWT-Matt-24 45 “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed

over hisDomestics to give them their food at the proper time?  46 Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so

Matt-24  47 Reads Truly I say to YOU, He will appoint him over all his belongings. Finds him doing so is a key word 

Some stewards must already be dispensing true Spiritual food to the flock before Jesus arrives or this verse would have not been written. 

This suggests that Jesus is here invisible and is good angels are with Him

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Faithful And Discreet Slave NWT—(Matt. 24:45-47) The New World Translation

45 “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so. 47 Truly I say to YOU, He will appoint him over all his belongings.


Luke 12 41-42 NWT

41 Then Peter said: “Lord, are you saying this illustration to us or also to all?” 42 And the Lord said: “Who really is the faithful steward, the discreet one, whom his master will appoint over his body of attendants to keep giving them their measure of food supplies at the proper time?


Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?—Matt. 24:45.

One of the means Jesus uses to lead us today is the Holy Spirit, which Jehovah God has authorized his Son to employ. (Matt. 28:18) Today’s text points to another means by which Christ leads the congregation. The “master” is Jesus Christ. The “slave” is the group of anointed Christians on earth. This slave class is entrusted with caring for Jesus’ earthly interests and with providing timely spiritual food. A small group of qualified overseers from among the composite “faithful and discreet slave” form the Governing Body. They direct the worldwide Kingdom-preaching work and the supplying of spiritual nourishment at the right time. Christ thus leads the congregation by means of the spirit-anointed “faithful and discreet slave” and its Governing Body.

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As Jehovah’s modern-day servants, we cherish our good relationship with God. We are eager to learn and apply in our lives valuable lessons from past events. (Romans 15:4) When the Israelites walked by sight, they forgot that God through Moses was directing them. If we are not careful, we too can forget that Jehovah God and the Greater Moses, Jesus Christ, are directing the Christian congregation today. (Revelation 1:12-16) We must be on guard against taking a human view of the earthly part of Jehovah’s organization. Our doing so can lead to a complaining spirit and a loss of appreciation for Jehovah’s representatives as well as for the spiritual food provided by “the faithful and discreet slave.”—Matthew 24:45.

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Stand still in the ways, you people, and see, and ask for the roadways of long ago.—Jer. 6:16.

Since late in the 19th century, Christ’s anointed followers have applied the counsel of Jeremiah 6:16 to themselves. Jer 6:16 As a class, they have led the way in a wholehearted return to “the roadways of long ago.” By providing spiritual food at the proper time, the faithful slave class has helped millions to find “the roadways of long ago” and to walk with God. (Matt. 24:45-47) Are you among those millions? If so, what can you do to avoid drifting away, turning to follow your own course? It is wise to stop periodically and examine the way you are walking in life. If you faithfully read the Bible and Bible-based publications and attend the programs of instruction sponsored by the anointed today, then you are being trained to walk with God. And when you humbly apply the counsel you are given, you are following “the roadways of long ago.w 11/1/05 11-13a DT 3-13-07

The slave’s responsibilities include overseeing spiritually upbuilding programs of Bible study at weekly meetings and periodic assemblies and conventions. They also include the supervision of the all-important work of preaching “this good news of the kingdom” and making “disciples of people of all the nations.” This involves teaching people to observe all the things that Christ, the Head of the congregation, commands to be done during this time of the end. (Matt. 24:14; 28:19, 20; Rev. 12:17) The preaching and teaching work has produced “a great crowd” of loyal companions of the anointed remnant. These “desirable things of all the nations” are undoubtedly to be counted among the precious “belongings” of Christ administered by the faithful slave.—Rev. 7:9; Hag. 2:7; Matt. 24:47. w07 4/1 1:8, 9-DT 2/ 27, 2008-WTcommentary----The New World Translation

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