97 Servants must be faithful to their duties.

Luke 17:1–10

When someone sins, whose fault is it (Luke 17:1–2)?

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If someone is going to sin anyway, why will the tempter be punished (Luke 17:1–2)?

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Why must we forgive the same person for the same offense more than once (Luke 17:3–4)?

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Why did the disciples say they needed more faith (Luke 17:5)?

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How much faith did Jesus say the disciples needed (Luke 17:6)? Why?

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How does the obedience of a son differ from the obedience of a servant (Luke 17:7–10)?

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Jesus said to his followers, “Occasions for stumbling are sure to lead some people to sin, but how terrible it will be for those who bring the temptations. It would be better for you to have a millstone tied around your neck and be thrown into the sea than to cause the innocent to stumble.

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Luke 17:1–2 Jesus said to his followers, “Occasions for stumbling are sure to lead some people to sin, but how terrible it will be for those who bring the temptations. It would be better to have a millstone tied around your neck and be thrown into the sea than to cause the innocent to stumble.
King James

Luke 17:1–2 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

“Watch what you are doing. If a brother does wrong, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he offends you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day he turns to you and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

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Luke 17:3–4 “Watch what you are doing. If a brother does wrong, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he offends you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day he turns to you and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
King James

Luke 17:3–4 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

“Sir,” the apostles said, “we need more faith for that.”

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Luke 17:5 “Sir,” the apostles said, “we need more faith for that.”
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Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

“More faith? If you had faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey.

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Luke 17:6 “More faith? If you had faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey.
King James

Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

“When a servant comes in from plowing the field or feeding the livestock, does the master say, ‘Go get something to eat’? Of course not. He will say, ‘Go prepare dinner and serve me while I eat and drink.’ The servant will eat later. Does the servant receive special thanks for doing what he was told? Probably not. In the same way, when you have done all you were told, say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have only done our duty.’”

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Luke 17:7–10 “When a servant comes in from plowing the field or feeding the livestock, does the master say, ‘Go get something to eat’? Of course not. He will say, ‘Go prepare dinner and serve me while I eat and drink.’ The servant will eat later. Does the servant receive special thanks for doing what he was told? Probably not. In the same way, when you have done all you were told, say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have only done our duty.'”
King James

Luke 17:7–10 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.