A Parable- UPDATED

A certain king had two ministers. One day he brought them before him and said: “I am giving you each ten thousand acres of my best soil. You must seed it in this way: I will leave open the gates of my own small orchard and garden for three years, and you must come and eat from it, and seed your own crops from the fruits you have eaten. To help you gather and eat, I will give you each one hundred servants. Now go and do these things.”

The first minister went forth and did as the king commanded. He took from the orchard of the king and ate from it, and planed the seeds in his fields; first one, then another. Over time, he went forth less and less to the orchard, until finally he ate almost all from his own fields.

But the second minister did not do so. And the servants which the king had appointed to him came to him during the first year and said: “sir, let us gather the seeds from the orchard with you”. And he said to them “what worth could a days worth of seed collecting give? And there are many years left to gather the seeds- today we shall just eat the fruit”.

And so the year went and the next year followed. Still the minister did not collect the seeds. And the servants came to him again and said “sir, let us build a barn with you to collect the seeds”. And he said to them “We built no barn the first year, and all went well.”

And so the year went, and the next year followed. Still the minister did not collect the seeds. And the servants came to him and said “sir, clearly it is difficult for us all to collect. Come with us at least to the king to ask that he might give us more help to collect the seeds” But the minister answered “What help do I need from the king? The orchard will provide for all my needs.”

And so the year went, and the next year followed, and the minister, going forth to eat from the orchards, saw only stumps of trees, for the king had cut down the orchards to build a palace for himself. And he called the good minister to live with him in the palace, but the evil minister was left in his empty fields, still with contempt for the king.

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