Michael K Personal Development, Spirituality 5 Comments


In Monday’s post, I presented you with a modern day parable and asked you to fill in the blank and then to guess which Bible story served as the inspiration.

I want to send a big thanks to all of those who chose to participate!—6 people total to be exact.

However, I must admit that I was a bit surprised that the total number of responses wasn’t higher. I thought this might mean one of two things:

1. Most of my subscribers weren’t really into this type of a post format and therefore chose to sit this one out—in which case, it was a fun experiment and a blogger lesson learned…OR…

2. I made a rookie mistake by asking people to publicly comment their answers onto the site (i.e., some readers may not have wanted to post an answer publicly that may not be correct—in which case, if I tried this format again I would in the future ask my readers to use the ‘Contact Me’ link to privately send me their answers and I’d select a few of the most interesting ones to post on the public site).

Anywho… now on to the more interesting part…


Before I let you know the Bible story that inspired the parable, I’d like to share with you a few of the responses to the fill in the blank line at the end of the parable. Just about all of the responses involved “the authorities” in some capacity, lol!

See how these answers compared to how you would have responded…

rcrenshaw filled in the blank by saying…
“This too shall pass.” I’d remind her (the coworker) of the scriptures concerning fear. Then I’d direct her to the legal authorities and advise her to proceed cautiously.

kmoore filled in the blank by saying…
[Asking the loan applicant] “I thought I saw you at this particular location the other day?” If they said “No, not me”, I would get their information and turn them over to the authorities.

sbrown filled in the blank by saying…
“That’s the person that hit us…” Quickly, I’d move to call the police.

and last but not least

gjimerson filled in the blank by saying…
Now that the hit & run driver has been delivered to me, I would approve his loan if he qualifies. Meanwhile, I would contact the authorities to alert them of the whereabouts of the driver, inside of my office.

Now On To The Bible Inspiration…

Two of you saw the Bible stories listed below as the possible inspiration of the parable:
1. Judas’ kiss—which represents an act of betrayal
2. The Parable of The Wise & Foolish Servant

GREAT GUESSES!! I think strong arguments could be made for both but they’re not the answer I had in mind…

Are you ready???…….

And the winner is….


On Friday, we’ll explore further the parallels and takeaway between this Biblical account and the parable.

Now that you know the inspiration, what interpretation and takeaway do you now have from the parable? Let me know by leaving a comment.


Comments 5

  1. Miranda

    Not sure what happen to my comment but its not there …so maybe something happened to some of the others others also…that maybe one reason the response is low….but I like this type post…..it’s thought provoking …….anyway again my thoughts on the parable were you never mix your personal matters with your business matters especially if you are not the business owner process the loan as you would any other however I would take the information gained to the police. This parable reminds me of the story of Joesph and his brothers.

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      Michael K

      Miranda, your original comment is still there. There’s two different posts that you’re commenting on. This is a different post than the one you commented on originally. Your first comment was on an original post: “A Parable: Your Morning Commute.” This comment you just left is on a post updating that original blog post.

  2. Sherita Brown

    I had to go back and read that story again. If, I could pick one word it would be “Mercy”! Not sure if this is the answer you’re looking for. Can’t wait to see the answer!

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      Michael K

      Mrs. Sherita, I’m glad to hear this parable series prompted you to go back and reread the story of Jonah!! In fact, within Friday’s post, I plan to encourage people to go back & do that same very thing!! Thanks for commenting!!

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