QUESTION: “I feared thee because thou art an austere man; thou takest up that which thou layest not down, and reapest that thou did not sow? Would you explain?
ANSWER: This is a translation problem. The man is saying that he was afraid that if he lost it that he would have to stand the responsibility for it. What is imputed in some translations is that this man had much, he knew the symbol of the parable which related to the sovereignty of the whole kingdom, the owner of all the property was the King of the whole Kingdom, the owner of all the property was the King of the Kingdom and the whole Universe. So he said: he knew that God had everything and He did not need anymore so this man was afraid if he lost what he had he would have to stand judgment. This was his excuse for doing nothing. He said: since you don’t need it then it was better that I hid it and saved it so you didn’t lose it, and then I wouldn’t have to stand in judgment for something that you don’t have need of because you have so much. This was just an excuse for getting out of doing anything. But people would find all kinds of excuses for not helping to build the Kingdom.
QUESTION: Would you explain to me about the Samaritan’s, they were thought to be a mixed multitude of people and were spurned by Israelite’s.