Did Jesus Christ Approve Of Interest On Money?
Matthew 25 and Luke 19

  The parable of the slothful servant

   Many ministers interpret the parable of the slothful servant in a way that approves of interest on money. But as you well know, in Exodus 22:25, Leviticus 25:35-36, Deuteronomy 23:19 and other places God's Law forbids interest on money. Thou shalt not steal is the Law. Thou shalt not charge interest of your neighbor, is the Statute. The Judgment or penalty for charging interest and theft by deception via a debt-usury banking system could be anywhere form making restitution all the way to capitol punishment.

   So, either the New Testament changed all that or nothing has changed.

   Here is that portion of Matthew 25 an Luke 19

Matthew 25

Luke 19

14 For [the kingdom of heaven is]  as a man travelling into a far country, [who] called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made [them] other five talents.

17 And likewise he that [had received] two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this [man] to reign over us.

15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

 

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, [there] thou hast [that is] thine.

20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, [here is] thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

 

24 His lord answered and said unto him, [Thou] wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

25 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and [then] at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, [thou] wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

 
 

   In Matthew the servant said in effect, "I know that you want something for nothing, that you are a freeloader, that you want to eat the bread but don't want to help bake the bread."   (Reap where I sowed not.)

  • Knewest =   I thought 
  • austere    =    rough and severe.
  • slothful    =   lazy, inactive, sluggish, indolent and idle 

 So, does this make sense?

   Lazy Servant, "I thought you were like a gangster wanting a cut of the action, and not wanting to do anything for it, here take your money."

   Jesus replied in effect, "If that's what you believed, that I was a thief, or a freeloader, then why didn't you act upon your belief? And at least put my money in a bank so I would have some interest. Instead you did nothing!" 

 (Remember this event is called "The parable of the slothful servant.)

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Question 48: At this point what do you think?

   The popular teaching that Jesus Christ approved of interest or usury on money  is correct. 

  The popular teaching that Jesus Christ approved of interest or usury on money is wrong. This story is really not even about usury, it is about laziness.